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ECH 2017 M: Blengini – “The challenge system helped us”; Milenkoski – “We lacked confidence”

by WoV

The head coach of Italy Gianlorenzo Blengini has revealed that his team has fulfilled a goal at the European Championship:



Obviously we are happy, because the victory was so important for the team and qualification for the quarterfinals was our goal. The third set was the most difficult one for us, because the Turkish team won several points in a row and we had to chase them. Luckily for us, we were able to win also the last set. Of course, the challenge system helped us very much. Today we used it in very important moments, but it is also helpful not only today as referees can stay calm and judge well in the crucial moments of the match,” says Blengini.

“We started the match with big respect towards the Italian team. Perhaps we lacked enough confidence that we could win against the Olympic silver medallists. We had difficulties in reception, which eliminated our middle blockers from touching the ball often enough. We had big chances in the third set and I cannot remember how many sets we lost this way in the past. We had a few set points and who knows what would have happened from the fourth set. I think my team can still be satisfied with this result, as this is the best result Turkey ever achieved at the European Championship,” explains Josko Milenkoski, coach of Turkey.


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