France Coach Tillie impressed by his tired team


France's Rouzier drives one into the Italian wall

Sydney, Australia, June 17, 2016 - French coach Laurent Tillie was surprised how well his team played after feeling tired in the lead-up, while Italian coach Blengini Gianlorenzo said his team needs more game time.

France coach Laurent Tillie – “It was a little bit unexpected, because we were a bit tired. We served very well tonight. There was less spirit than usual, but the volleyball all round tonight was better than Italy.”

France captain Benjamin Toniutti – “Today we served really well. I think it was the key today.”

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Italy coach Blengini Gianlorenzo - “It was a difficult match. France played a lot of qualification matches, so they’ve played a lot of matches, while this was our first and I think that was visible. We are a work in progress. We need to find good solutions. Their serve was a problem, this is one thing where our teams need to be better. We need to find more confidence with our receiving.”

Italian player Matteo Piano - “We wanted to play this match today, but it is difficult when you are never in front of France.They served really well, their defence was better than us, they received well. They played a good match today.”


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