Marina Lubian says Italy “still have a lot to give”


Spirited celebration for Italy's Marina Lubian at the win against Thailand

Rosario, Argentina, August 22, 2017 - Italy’s top scorer against Thailand Marina Lubian praised the level of the team throughout the first round, but at the same time she advised they have a motto about keeping on growing during the competition.

Marina Lubian, Italy player: “We obviously hoped to play well in this first round, I’m happy because we could win these matches playing in a very good level. We still have a lot to give, we always think we can do it better than the last time; as our coach says, a winning team always grows through the tournament, so according to that, this is not our best version yet.”

Marco Mencarelli, Italy coach: “We started building the path to the second round; maybe taking profit of the rival that we faced today which allowed us to train some tactical aspects. I could also test some players from the bench, so in every aspect it was a positive match for us. For sure we are a resourceful team, we chose to play in a way that paid off for us in all games; we could solve every difficulty we had.”

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Jarun Niemtuptim, Thailand coach: “We had a plan to have a chance, even knowing that it was hard we tried our best. We didn't have any more pressure than the other games, so the girls could play better. We know China very well, and face them in the Asian Championships; we need to serve and attack well to beat them.”

Pannapa Chanphuk, Thailand captain: “We know that it would be hard playing against Italy and I feel we played well anyway. Now, tomorrow's match against China will be a flashback to the Asian Championships; it's not an easy game but it's not hard as well.”


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