Ufa, Russia, June 9, 2019 - Russia defeated Italy in three sets on the last day of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League pool in Ufa.
Russia head coach Tuomas Sammelvuo: "I think that the first set was very important. We received well, I’m glad that we were not rushing. We scored a few important points in the end of the set. After that we became more confident. Our opponents made more mistakes in service. I suppose next weekend we will play with the same players. We have a short time to recover. We will try to improve our level."
Italy coach Gianlorenzo Blengini: "The Russians played very well and we were upset with the result of the first set. We had an advantage but we failed in the set. Poletaev served very well."
Italy captain Simone Giannelli: "It was a good weekend - we got two victories. Today we lost. Russia are the strongest team for now, we have a very young team and the Russians are more experienced. But we are satisfied with the results."
Russia capitan Igor Kobzar: «We are glad with our results, our coach told us to get satisfaction from every match and to improve from game to game . Let’s see how we will play next round .
This year in ufa the atmosphere was fantastic . Our fans added confidence to us . We had a good luck . Victor played well this Weekend. Now we have more balanced roster , we stared to play more as a team.»