Gerard Pique draws inspiration from MI basketball after Spain fire coach

by Leon Thompson June 14, 2018, 7:23
Gerard Pique draws inspiration from MI basketball after Spain fire coach

Real Madrid great Fernando Hierro will lead Spain - who face Portugal, Iran and Morocco in Group B - at the World Cup.

Lopetegui and Rubiales were locked in talks amid rumours that the Spanish FA chief has chose to sack the coach who has guided Spain to the World Cup in Russian Federation, with senior players then believed to have become embroiled in the debate over what should happen next.

"We have to chose to fire the national coach", said Rubiales, who was supposed to be at Fifa's Congress in Moscow yesterday. But the federation can not be left outside the negotiation of one of its employees, and find out just five minutes before a public announcement.

The most dramatic and potentially destructive 24 hours in Spanish football history has left the national team reeling ahead of their World Cup opener against Portugal on Friday.

Lopetegui never lost a game in charge of the national team (14 wins, six draws) but caused controversy earlier this week when he agreed to manage Real Madrid at the conclusion of the World Cup.

"He followed it up by saying: "[It's] a hard situation in these moments for our squad but now more than ever is when we have to support them without stopping.

The Spanish FA president and former Hamilton Academical defender Luis Rubiales explaining the decision to terminate Lopetegui's contract.

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"[As for the players], they are completely determined to have a good World Cup".

But Real Madrid's surprise statement on Tuesday that Lopetegui has signed a three-year deal to coach the three-time defending Champions League champions changed things.

"It was a decision I'd already taken, and even if other things can happen in life I'd say that I made the decision to stay at Juventus and respected what I'd said, without considering other options". Rubiales then announced his decision to part ways with Lopetgui, saying the federation was "compelled to act" because of the betrayal.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui gives directions.

Quoting Lineker's tweet, Fabregas went one stage further, jokingly (we hope) suggesting Lopetegui's dismissal may see him receive a late call-up to the squad.

"I'd have accepted communication and normal procedure, if he'd said "Hey Luis, let's talk about how we do this".

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