TRANSLATION OF GUIDETTI'S INTERVIEW (I was already listening to it, roughly translated but pretty much these are the important things he said)
Fener has an agreement with Egonu?
I am no manager but from the rumors I know it might be. They are already a strong team and they just signed Robinson. They have a very well-built team. Their president is a good invester.
With Robinson can Fener challenge Imoco in the next CL round?
Fener is a very tough team, it’s the team I fear the most here in Turkey. They’re a very physical team with Mihajlovic and Vargas, they are tall and very good blockers. Maybe their weak point was reception because Busa is good but not spectacular. With Robinson however things will get better because she is a top receiver.
Everyone expect Vakif – Imoco in finals, what do you think?
I think it is very difficult, Imoco is very strong. We are also very sorry for las year CL because everything shut down while we were playing a very good volleyball and were it good shape. We want to play against all good teams, we have to pay attention also to Ecza, Fener, Scandicci, Novara and also Russian teams. W still remember the Golden Set against Novara sp we really want a final.
Where lies Vakif’s power?
I think continuity. We also were lucky but they trusted me even in failures and (ex: they failed playoffs against 8th in the league some years ago). We changed many managements but I pretty much worked with the same people, I think it is very useful. I try to change as less player as I can. I try to bring in player that I know can play with our mentality (ie: sacrifice for the team and not wanting to shine alone).
Do you want to come back to Italy after 12 years?
I do love Vakif, it’s my second family. We built everything on the road and I will be very sad to leave it one day, but it will happen because I don’t think I will train VB for the next 30 years, I am no Karpol. I miss Italy so much though, for family and friends. I think Italian league is the best in the world bcs everyone con win against everyone and even “weak” teams can play quality volley. In turkey you got 3 top teams (VB, Ecv, Fener), 2 very good ones (Gala, THY), but the last teams in rank show very poor volley. Italy knows volley and has a very good technical level. Here I prepare in a detailed way 10 matches out of 30, if I was in Italy I would have to prepare 30/30.
Bahar would come with you, she would be on the market?
Yes, definitely. Her Italian passport arrived after 5 years, but for now she is stayin Fb. Alison (daughter, 4 and a half) loves Modena and tortellini and she would be ready to come.
Head coach of Turkey NT and this year we have Olympics, what do you think?
This season of NT will be nonsense: after a very difficult league they will be again in the gym for VNL (bubble probably) and right after will be the Olympics and after Olympics there will be EuroVolley. I unfortunately think that we will see more injuries: until FIVB, EuroVolley, and all the commissions will not work together, the players will always be the ones in trouble.
I think medals will be decided between USA, China, Italy and Serbia, so our olympic pool will be very difficult. If we could do an extraordinary journey and win Argentina, Russia and do a miracle against China, Usa and Italy, I think everything could happen. I dream an Olympic like Rio 2016 with Netherlands.
Italy can do it (OG gold)?
Surely, nobody has Egonu. I respect very much players like Zhu Ting, Bella Haak, Boskovic, but nobody can do what Egonu does at times.
So Italy will build a team around Egonu, China is already at work and can go for it, Usa is good but not quite at the level, Serbia has the best setter in the world ( Wolosz is amazing and so fast but Ognjenovic has the ability to make feints and leave players with no block like setters in the old days, which is uncommon now. She also is able to set MBs like no one else).
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