Blengini - Our reception was much better, it was the key to win


Italian captain Simone Buti was happy his team had turned its form around

Sydney, Australia, June 18, 2016 - Italian coach Gianlorenzo Blengini said his side was coming together well after little match play in recent times, while Belgium’s Dominiques Baeyens described his team’s error count as too high.

Gianlorenzo Blengini, coach of Italy: “We played a lot better, especially in reception, and we had better continuity and we could play better in side-outs, because our reception was better. We have to play a lot because we haven’t played for a long period, we have only been together for the past 20 days.”

Dominique Baeyens, coach of Belgium: “They were more motivated than yesterday. We did not play well, let’s be honest. We had our chance. We led in the second set by five points, in that kind of situation you have to finish it, but they couldn’t do it because their side out was really, really bad. In the third set we made 13 unforced errors, that is 50 per cent of the points.”

Simone Buti, captain of Italy: “We wanted this victory. Yesterday we made a lot of mistakes. This is the mentality we must have. Every ball is important. Today in the second set showed this thinking.”

Sam Deroo, captain of Belgium: “We did not reach the level of yesterday, that is for sure. Only the first part of the second set was good, we started aggressive, but then we made some stupid errors. They showed some class today, they played much better than yesterday that’s for sure. We can not be satisfied today.”


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