Coaching Türkiye for him is a challenge of selecting, piecing together talented players to form a great team.
“I have amazing players playing in amazing club teams, particularly in Türkiye. For me, this is an incredible montage to coach these players because they have a lot of experience. They don’t think to be queens because they have already won a lot in their own careers. However, they want to continue to win and show it,” the Italian mentor mentioned
“They immediately accepted my idea of volleyball and listened to what I had to say. This is ideal for any coach to immediately adapt to what I want. This is one good base to create a good feeling.”
He commended the leadership of Eda Erdem and the energy of Ebrar Karakurt. He is so far enjoying the privilege of coaching players of that caliber.
“Eda is an amazing captain. She is a leader in this team. I’ve never seen any player – a middle blocker – to lead a team like she does. I’ve seen her play in the past and I always admired her. She’s a great person and amazing player,” he said.
“I’ve heard a lot about Ebrar and I was curious to work with her. She’s full of energy. And against Brazil, she showed us what she can do. She already did a lot for this national team, but she’s young and can still show something more. It’s fun to be the coach of a player like her.
For him, the addition of Melissa Vargas to the lineup was the icing on the cake. Having a versatile player like her completed his montage of a great team in no time.
“I met Vargas once in the club. She was the opposite of Fenerbahce and I remember her well because she destroyed me, with Conegliano. She’s a funny girl, so positive and full of talent. She can play opposite or outside hitter. She can pass, defend, serve, and attack for me. I’m so lucky that in my career as coach, I’ve had so many important players. She is like the candy on the cake for me. I’m so happy that Meli is with us.”