Italy had their second win of the 2021 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League within their grasp, but Iran denied them with some decisive actions at the most critical parts of each set to wrap up the game in four.
Iran Beat Italy 3-1 to Continue Winning Chain
Here’s the reaction after the game, from the virtual Mixed Zone:
Gabriele Nelli (Italy): “We started well, but after the first two sets we struggled with some balls. But we are on the right track. Maybe a long game yesterday somehow influenced our performance today, but we knew that we have three games in every block. Tomorrow we are expecting another fierce battle.”
Saeid Marouf (Iran): “Italy are always Italy. They play good volleyball, they were great in breakpoints and good in defence and they were very strong in service. It takes time to start our ‘normal’ volleyball, but I’m very happy that we were so successful in important rallies. Like all teams we play with different players, so it’s important to have perfect feeling between players on the court and day by day, game by game it’s better.”