Quotes: Italy vs. Switzerland

18.08.2014

Simone Pianigiani, Italy Head Coach

"A very serious game of my players, you can't win in Europe by 30 points if you don't play a great defence and you don't stay focused on the game. We won with our defence in Moscow, today we have repeated the same good attitude against Switzerland. Now we want to win the next game with Russia in order to qualify for EuroBasket 2015 and to celebrate our success with the wonderful people of Cagliari. Now we have a week to work hard, we will be prepared for Russia."

Gigi Datome, Italy

"We had a good approach, this kind of game can be dangerous if you don't start with intensity and determination. I am particularly happy because I was born here, in Sardinia, and Cagliari's fans showed their love for me and for this team today. We know that next game with Russia won't be easy but we are ready and certainly we don't want to stop now this positive moment."

Dusan Mladjan, Switzerland

"Congratulations to Italy, they played a great game and their victory is clear: maybe, with Capela and Brunner we could have some opportunities but I think that Italy is better than us, they have a lot of players of international level. We are a young team, after this loss we are not out but we must win against Russia next Wednesday."

Petar Aleksic, Switzerland Head Coach

"With Capela and Brunner injuries we lost something like 40 points and 20 rebounds. It was very difficult for me to prepare this game because Italy is a great team and tonight the Azzurri played strong defence and great offence. We didn't start well in the first quarter and then it was very difficult to recover from 20 points down against an experienced team like Italy. Congratulations to them, great game."


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