Betim, Brazil, October 27, 2015 - After facing some serious threats from Ahly Sporting Club on the beginning of the game, Paykan Tehran could improve and clinch the win. Italian setter Valerio Vermiglio contributed with his experience to help his teammates to break through those sloppy moments.
Hossam Abdalla, Ahly Sporting Club captain: “It wasn’t our best game, even though we did well on the first moments of the first and second set. We made some silly mistakes that costed us those leads. Now we hope to play better tomorrow.”
Valerio Vermiglio, Paykan Tehran captain: “We had a big amount of emotions as this is a very important competition - the most important for clubs. We came to win and do our best, but we started a bit loose and we had to build our mentality during the game. When we did, things got easier. I tried to help the team with my experience and make sure the guys were not nervous and enjoy the match. Anyway, I’m happy for us and a bit sorry for Ahly as they played well.”
Ahmed Zakaria, Ahly Sporting Club coach: “Some of our players were at the World Cup with Egypt’s national team, so we had less time to prepare than what a competition like this requires. We got together three days before travelling here. You need more time to work if you aim to do well.”
Peyman Akbari, Paykan Tehran coach: “I want to congratulate Ahly for the way they played. I think they had some previous information on our team and we didn’t know much about them. That’s why on the first moments we did not so well, but when we got the hang of them we could improve.”