Ufa, Russia, June 8, 2019 - Italy defeated Portugal in three sets on day 2 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League pool in Ufa.
Portugal head coach Hugo Silva: "I think the second set was the biggest problem for the match. Let’s forget the match today and focus on the match tomorrow."
Portugal captain Alexandre Ferreira: "What can I say.... everything is new for us, almost all players have played only in Portugal and never played abroad. We tried to fight for every point. This season is a kind of training season for us, we will try to improve our level and remain in the VNL."
Italy coach Gianlorenzo Blengini: "They passed in a good way. We played carefully. We played this match from the beginning to the end in a good way. We lost concentration in the second set, but the team was together to finish the match. We need to avoid small mistakes and keep concentration. There is a calendar of the competition and sometimes it happens that you have time to recover - sometimes not, so we don’t treat this as an advantage, and also the home team always plays the second match."
Italy captain Simone Giannelli: "This was a good game. Portugal played good, they have a good team. The Russian team is a strong team too, they are good in all positions. Tomorrow We will do our best and try to win."