World Cup contender Spain fires coach two days before opening match

15 June, 2018, 00:41 | Author: Anita Tucker
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Real Madrid announced Tuesday that Lopetegui would take over as their manager next season, replacing Zinedine Zidane, who stepped down just days after guiding the club to a third successive Uefa Champions League title.

Although the former Real Madrid player has been involved in a back-room role at Spain of late, he has previously coached at Real Oviedo, as well as working under Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. We can not remain on the sidelines of a negotiation of one of its workers and find out five minutes before the issuance of a statement.

"I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee that the new technical team will do everything they can".

"We have been obliged to fire the national coach", Spanish federation president Luis Rubiales said, according to ESPN.

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"It's a hard situation, but we are not the ones who determined the action that had to be taken", he said.

Although Lopetegui has done well with the Spanish national team, amassing their second-longest unbeaten streak of 20 games, he has limited experience at club level. "I've been present in all the training sessions, I have been here on a day to day basis We can't change anything in two days", he continued.

Spain has sacked Julen Lopetegui.

"I think Rubiales acted correctly and was looking out for the federation, which should be above any single individual", Hernandez told sports daily Marca. We only found out just five minutes before that he was leaving for Madrid.

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"We are perfectly prepared and that is the most important thing".

"This is a World Cup and we have to enjoy it and earn it".

Spain face Portugal on Friday in the Fisht Olympic Stadium at 7pm, and all eyes will be on Hierro and his team as they look to put this incident behind them.

And Hierro, Spain's former captain, knows he can have little influence on the way the team is prepared but will do the best he can with the hand he has been dealt.

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Lopetegui - who previously managed Porto - led his country to 28 points from a possible 30 as they cruised to top spot in their World Cup qualifying group.

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