“Slovenia is a team with many good players who have been performing in the Italian national league for a number of years already and we know them well,” says Italy’s coach Gianlorenzo Blengini.
“However, next to their individual skills they have also developed a good team work. They serve extremely well, but they have many other strengths as well. They have been prepared very well for this competition and they did not beat Poland just by chance.”
How does it feel to play a team which is mentored by a real legend of the sport?
“Giani is a legend for all those who have been following Volleyball, including myself,” said team captain Simone Buti:
“They have a good team with some very good players, including those who have been performing in our national league. It won’t be easy even though people may think differently because Slovenia never quite made it to this level before. They maybe don’t have the resume of Poland or Russia, but they are a tough team and they will pressure us for sure. We have to come out with all guns blazing, knowing that we have a difficult match ahead. As far as I am concerned, I am very motivated and determined to make the big final. This is the goal we all share: we want to be in the final and fight for the gold medal up to the last ball.”
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