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FIVB Women's World Cup 2007
Press Conference
Italians in position for final push

Osaka, Japan, November 7, 2007: Comments from the official FIVB press conference after the Japan-Italy game on Wednesday.
Head Coach Massimo Barbolini: I am really happy and satisfied about the match of my team because I think it is not easy to win in this way in Japan. I think for all the match we had a good rhythm, although in the second set there was one moment of difficulty in reception. After that we started to play very well again in the third set. I am satisfied with these two matches in Osaka and we know that in the second round we will have more difficult matches. I think four of these six matches will be very, very difficult, but now we will arrive in a good situation. Every match must be fundamental for the final ranking.
Captain Eleonora Lo Bianco: I am very satisfied with the match because Japan is a very tough team so it can be difficult always to play with them. We have not lost our concentration during the match and this was the key. In the second set we had a little moment when Japan came back into it, but in the third set we played really well. For some reason when we play Japan we are always good, every time, especially when we are in Japan. I think this is because we know very well Japan is a good team so we have to be careful and cautious about everything. That makes us have a good rhythm in our own game, and maybe that is the reason why we always do well.
Head Coach Shoichi Yanagimoto: After we lost the game with Serbia in Tokyo we came to Osaka, and last night we won the game with Thailand, so we had a good mood and good preparation to face Italy. Yesterday I really felt we started to form a good style and shape for ourselves, but as you see the figures in today’s game, Italy did everything perfectly and we could not do anything like ourselves. They analysed our style of combination volleyball very well and had very good defence for that. We had some moments when we felt we were on top, but somehow they managed to keep their rhythm so there was never a moment when they were in trouble. Every set was tough for us. Now we move to Sapporo, and we will do everything we can to keep doing our best to the end in Nagoya.
Captain Yoshie Takeshita: Today we could not play our own volleyball, and all the time Italy did much better than us. From now on we will have to win three games in Sapporo to go to Nagoya in a good shape.
Miyuki Takahashi: I think our team was rather defensive today. So now we are standing in a position with no room for error. We have to be determined to win as a team.