Real Madrid: Julen Lopetegui sacking not justified, says Florentino Perez

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Spain sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just 2 days before the team's opening game against Portugal at the World Cup, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales confirmed on Wednesday.

Having began his career with Real Madrid's youth and B sides, Lopetegui made only one senior appearance before going to play for Barcelona.

"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.

Some people in Spain agree that national team coach Julen Lopetegui had to go. It's safe to say though, that this certainly is a bad look on the coach, who didn't appear to be transparent in his intentions. "It is a hard and painful situation, we would have liked to finish here with Julen at the top, but we have not determined the way we act".

"He will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team".

Almost 30 years ago, MI faced nearly the same situation as Spain when coach Bill Frieder announced before the NCAA tournament that he would leave after the season to take over Arizona State.

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Germany kick off their World Cup title defence on Sunday when they face Mexico in Moscow, while Spain face European champions Portugal on Friday.

"Obviously there was some sort of problem with communication but we can't be expected to find out about something like this five minutes (before the announcement) and not take the necessary decisions".

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

Lopetegui insisted he acted in a "professional and honest" manner in accepting the Real job on Tuesday, only to be dismissed the following day. "If I didn't think we could win the World Cup, I wouldn't have accpeted it". Former Real captain Fernando Hierro, now Spain's sporting director, is also said to be in the frame.

"It is true that there is very little time to prepare, but the moment is here and we are clear about what we want to achieve", he said.