Why Spain need spirit of 2008 to survive Lopetegui chaos

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Lopetegui was unceremoniously sacked as Spain boss on Wednesday after Los Merengues announced a day earlier that he would take over from Zinedine Zidane as new head coach in Madrid.

"We have a magnificent team and I hope that we win the World Cup".

"Pochettino, quite clearly, didn't even have the chance to say yes or no because Real Madrid didn't want to negotiate with Daniel Levy".

Spain manager Julen Lopetegui has been dismissed, the Spanish Football Federation announced Wednesday, with sporting director Fernando Hierro now set to lead the team in Russia.

Rubiales said firing Lopetegui was not the best solution for the national team but it was needed after being caught by surprise by Real Madrid's announcement.

Criticism of Real Madrid and Lopetegui was spreading as Rubiales flew to Spain's base camp in Krasnodar, Russia. "It wasn't an easy situation but I think he did the right thing".

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Lopetgui's decision to take the Real Madrid job with the World Cup just days away drew the ire of critics who quickly questioned his decision making when he announced the Spanish squad.

"The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release". "I found out five minutes before the official statement came out, I asked nothing to be done, because the news caught me in Moscow".

As it goes, the man who will take charge of the team while in Russian Federation will be Fernando Hierro (one of Zidane's former Real Madrid teamates). "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.

Lopetegui's dismissal will nearly certainly have an unsettling effect on Spain's preparations for the tournament, but at least one Spaniard seems to have a positive outlook. "Maybe this is tough now, but in the end it will make us stronger".

Lopetegui was unbeaten in his time in the Spain dugout, guiding his team to 14 wins and six draws from 20 matches, and he signed a new two-year contract to take him through to Euro 2020 in May.

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