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RIO 2016 M: Blengini – „Zaytsev showed great character“; Speraw – „Italy played terrific volleyball“

by WoV
source: fivb.com; Photo: fivb.com

Italy outclassed USA in the first Rio semifinals and reached their first Olympic Games gold medal match in 12 years. Thus, it was quite expected that their head coach Gianlorenzo Blengini shone with happiness after the end of the match.




„I always say that we are satisfied with the result ever time we win, but today’s victory is just incredible. Winning a tough match like this gives me a different feeling. The match had different phases, as there were many shifts in momentum from both teams. The maturity of my team made this match incredible. I am just glad to get this very important result. Ivan Zaytsev played so well and he showed great character in this match. His service was excellent and he helped us a lot to win this match,“ said Blengini.

„I am disappointed but I know that my players gave everything that they could. When you have two good teams like this, you should expect a lot of fight from both sides. I don’t think we will ever regret the way we played here. Italy played terrific volleyball. They are the favourites to win the gold medal match. Now, we just have to regroup because it’s another tough match against one of the two great teams that will play in the next semifinal,“ stated USA’s head coach John Speraw.


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