Hierro: You will see the same Spain side as always

Julene Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

Spain sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the team's opening game against Portugal at the World Cup, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales confirmed on Wednesday.

Spain delayed a press conference at the Krasnodar Stadium by more than an hour before Rubiales, who played for Hamilton Academical in 2009, announced the decision.

On Tuesday, Real Madrid announced that the 51-year-old coach would join at the end of the 2018 World Cup.

"The federation can not be left out of a negotiation by one of its workers and be informed five minutes before the press release", Rubiales said.

"I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee they will do everything, along with the new coach, to take the team as far as possible", Rubiales added.

"We have to made a decision to fire the national coach", Rubiales said in a press conference on Wednesday.

But in a staunch defence of their conduct, Pérez insisted that Madrid had acted clearly and transparently and expressed his surprise that Rubiales had taken such drastic action. The Spanish team is the team of all Spain.

"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.

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Rubliales quickly replaced Lopetegui with the director of football, Fernando Hierro. I don't feel betrayed.

"You can't do things like that, five minutes before it's official".

The World Cup will kick off in Russian Federation on Thursday and bring the "greatest show on earth" to the Kremlin's doorstep.

Hierro's first task is a daunting one - a crunch Group B meeting with Portugal on Friday - and Germany boss Low conceded the whole saga had come as an almighty shock. We are working on it.

"But to be honest, the three names that had been linked to Real Madrid, Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte, for different reasons didn't fit the agenda". He managed the Spain team 20 times and won 14 matches, drawing the other six games.

"When there was something to say the first person to know was Rubiales".

"You can't change two days of work in two days and a large part of the technical team is staying here with us too".

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