Coach Attilio Caja at the end of Openjobmetis Varese – Umana Reyer Venice:
«We certainly hoped for a better start, but it wasn’t to be and, in the end, the other team tested us and that slowly began the decline where the shot percentages began to diverge and we simply couldn’t handle it. Our players allowed us to stay in the game for a while, but we just couldn’t sustain the momentum. The 40 days of the pre-championship still make me hopeful, although some of us today didn’t step up as we had done in the friendlies. To compete, we knew we had to handle the game with a certain degree of offensive play. It was the first, we had hoped for a better debut, but we saw that even when we were under 20, the players on court showed good spirit and the people understood this. Now it’s time to think about the next game».