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Zorzi predicts world-class game as Russia and Brazil cross their ways on next-to-last day at Grand Champions Cup

Well-known for his exuberance Russia's Alexey Spiridonov will try to help his side prolong their winning streak in international competitions as the Olympic champions go for a much anticipated match with Brazil on Saturday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Tokyo, Japan, November 23, 2013 – Andrea Zorzi reviews Friday’s action at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup and predicts a very classy game Saturday as Brazil and Russia go for a remake of the Olympic final as well as of this year’s World League gold medal match.

“Russia responded well to their coach who had urged his players to be focused from the start up to the end of the game with Iran. This lack of focus was the main reason for their defeat to Italy on the opening day of the tournament” Zorzi says. Iran, on the other hand, still needs some time to be able to play world-class opponents and stand their quality for more than two sets at it happened Friday with Russia. “They are on the right track,” Zorzi says, “but yesterday they could not adjust that quickly to the strength and skills of their opponents.”

Team USA showed once more their consistency and could minimize their mistakes to bring home a very important 3-2 victory over Italy. “They are also progressing since the start of the competition and yesterday’s game with Italy testifies that their programme is going well. They will be a strong contender for the medals already next year at the World Champs in Poland and get even stronger for the next Olympics in Rio” says the former Italian volleyball star. “Italy keep on saying that they came here with a young team and that they are experimenting a lot. I have the impression that is turning into an excuse to justify their defeats to Iran and USA.”

On Friday Brazil routed Team Japan in straight sets to cement their leadership in the standing after three rounds. “They played a good game and this is exactly what they needed before they go for that much anticipated clash of the titans with Russia. They definitely want to take their revenge for the setbacks they suffered at London 2012 as well as at the World League Finals in Argentina. They have changed their roster; Dante and Vissotto are not here but they have found some other excellent players who are in great shape. I expect a great game on Saturday.”

Zorzi also interviewed US American coach John Speraw who shared some impressions about the tournament and also about the state of their programme where he has opted for a mix of youth and experience. Speraw is particularly happy with what his youngsters have showed so far at the Grand Champions Cup but is wanting for more as USA play Iran on Saturday for their next-to-last game in the competition.

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