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Experience was the key to win, says Italy coach


Italy captain Martina Guiggi says the Thailand match will be tougher than Cuba

Ekaterinburg, Russia, August 10, 2013 – Italy coach Marco Mencarelli says experience was the key to his side’s 3-0 FIVB Grand Prix win over Cuba (25-16, 25-16, 25-20) on Saturday.

“Today we won because of our experience,” says Mencarelli. “Maybe our team did not show anything special but we played a good game. I think that Cuban team need to get more experienced.”

Italy captain Martina Guiggi said: “Today we were concentrated. We knew that after yesterday’s game we should be focused 100%, and we tried to force the attack. Tomorrow we will play with Thailand. It is a very fast team with many combinations. We need to be attentive to blocking. It is very important.”

Cuba coach Juan Carlos Gala Rodriguez added: “From the beginning Italy played better, but our team is very young – many players are under 18. We are a team which can play very well in the future. We should correct our mistakes and become more experienced. We have a lack of team-work.”

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