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WL 2016: Blengini – „Zaytsev as receiver is alternative that we should keep“

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

Gainlorenzo Blengini, the head coach of Italy National Team, was forced to improvise during the preliminary round of the 2016 FIVB World League. Only three days before the Final Six in Kraków, Poland, he said he might experiment again.

Zaytsev & Blengini

Zaytsev & Blengini

The most important experiment was returning Ivan Zaytsev to receiver position after a year during which he played as an opposite.

„It was necessary given the almost total unavailability of Juantorena. I had no doubts that he (Zaytsev) can play at position 4,“ Blengini said.

But, in the last match of pool stage against Serbia, Blengini let Zaytsev play as opposite, even changing his role during the match.

„Sure, it’s an alternative that we have and should keep. It was logical to take advantage of all the offensive potential that a player like him (Zaytsev) offers. Obviously, he would need to practice more for the position 4,“ Italy head coach added.


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