“Today we once again started slowly as it happened against the Netherlands and Finland and today maybe it was the most awful set we had in the tournament, but I have no words anymore to tell about how proud I am of my players” said Italy coach Mauro Berruto. “Once again we had to change the starting six but the players have a marvelous attitude about that. I think we played our best three sets in the tournament from the second set today and that is what we can pack in our bags for tomorrow. We arrive here through difficulties but playing our three best sets today. We are not the favorites and we play against a huge team. Russia has everything to win and we have to know that we have to resist, resist and resist again and I think we are ready to give it a try”.
“Congratulations to Italy for their win. We tried to win the game but in the important moments we could not get the points and Italy was able to profit from the situation. Now we have to clear our minds on what happened today and think about how we can win tomorrow’s game. A medal is always worth fighting for” said Bulgaria mentor Camillo Placi.
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