Spain firing Julen Lopetegui was an 'absurd reaction — Real Madrid's Perez

Getty									Sergio Ramos with Spains new coach Fernando Hierro

Both Perez and the former manager of the Spanish national team made it clear that they do not understand the decision of the federation chief, which chose to remove Lopetegui as head of La Roja just days before the World Cup began, in response to the Basque's upcoming move to Los Blancos. "We are two countries who have a lot in common, not least the fact we share a border".

Prior to the stunning firing of Lopetegui, it had been Portugal trying to stay focused on the match. They haven't been pleasent moments.

Spain will be coming up against a Portuguese side who have come to Russian Federation as the defending European champions, with Ronaldo knowing this is surely his last shot at winning the World Cup.

Germany kick off their World Cup title defence on Sunday when they face Mexico in Moscow, while Spain face European champions Portugal on Friday. There are few people better that Fernando Hierro to cover in Julen's absence.

"It was not the most ideal or opportune moment".

"I don't think it will be a huge disadvantage", Real star Kroos commented at Germany's team base.

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Did you know there were negotiations? Most of the staff is the same, the principles are the same, we will be exactly what you've seen before. "We have been compelled to make this decision". When there are institutional decisions, we prefer to keep at the margins.

Catch all 64 World Cup matches via Toggle's 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia Pass at a one-time price of S$112.35. "But the sooner we leave this in the past, the better". "We are neighbours, but also teams with great quality".

However, the players were "hurt" when they found out that Lopetegui had been negotiating with a club in the build-up to the finals.

"Fernando Hierro has some experience as coach, I can't judge his abilities, but the Spanish are a team who know each other very well". Numerous questions centered around who was to blame for the firing, but Perez and Lopetegui both said they had always acted with full clarity and transparency. We prefere to not talk about the subject.

Lack of respect for Ramos: "I am very calm. It is a closed cycle, and I am very happy". If someone wants to understand things another way, they can. Those who have doubts look at their resumé.

Hierro and Ramos posed together, smiling for the cameras, at a press conference inside the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, the venue for the Group B clash between the Iberian neighbours.

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