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Sport Lopetegui’s hypocrisy revealed as his final words to Spain squad leak

11:25  14 june  2018
11:25  14 june  2018 Source:   extra.ie

2018 World Cup Tactical Preview: Spain

  2018 World Cup Tactical Preview: Spain Entering the tournaments as one of the favourites, Spain still have the majority of their old core together, which gives them an advantage over many teams. Although Julen Lopetegui has replaced Vicente del Bosque since the Euros, not too much has changed for Spain. They still play a 4-3-3 with an emphasis on keeping possession and tiring the opposition out. Their key player is David Silva, as he pulls the strings in the final third and is usually the one making key passes. The System: Spain still play a 4-3-3 system with four controlling midfielders in the form of Thiago Alcantara, Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Sergio Busquets. The fifth midfielder is the one that rotates, with Lopetegui sometimes opting to go with Isco and overload the centre of the pitch. On other occasions, though, he opts for Pedro. The Chelsea winger didn’t make the squad, and it looks as if Rodrigo and Lucas Vazquez are the wide options for Spain at the World Cup. I personally expect Spain to play Isco wide right but in a system like theirs, positions do not really matter. They control the ball and play with such fluidity that outside of the full-backs, players will end up in different areas at any given time. Jordi Alba and Dani Carvajal will need to provide a lot of width, but Spain have been used to relying on them to do this, so it shouldn’t be a problem. The striker is really the only position with any kind of divide in the Spanish media.

The Basque coach confirmed his 23 man squad ahead of the 2018 FIFA Russia World Cup with Morata the surprise absentee. Lopetegui explains that Morata is left out and explains that he feels sorry for those players who played a role in the qualification process but have missed the final squad

Axed Spain boss Julen Lopetegui urged his stunned Spain players to use his surprise departure on Wednesday as motivation to win the World Cup, according to reports. The 51-year-old was

Julen Lopetegui wearing a suit and tie © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

With Spain’s World Cup in full crisis mode after the sacking of their coach Julen Lopetegui just 48 hours before the tournament starts, his last words to the squad have now emerged.

The 51-year-old was announced as the new Real Madrid coach on Tuesday, with Spanish FA chief Luis Rubiales apparently only learning about it five minutes before it came out.

a person standing next to a football ball on a field © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Rubiales was furious at the news and deemed it ‘unacceptable’ before he sensationally sacked Lopetegui on Wednesday.

Spain's 23-man World Cup squad confirmed

  Spain's 23-man World Cup squad confirmed Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, are coming into this tournament with very high hopes. Legends such as Carlos Puyol, Xavi and Iker Casillas have all came to the end of their international careers and a new crop of Spanish tiki taka footballers are on their way. After a disappointing Euro 2016, head coach Vincente Del Bosque resigned, leaving a vacancy for new manager Julen Lopetegui, who named his 23 man squad earlier this week. Most of the Spanish squad basically picks itself. The winners such as Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta are still very much the spine of the team. However, this Spanish squad has a lot of young quality. The likes of Marco Asensio, Saul Ninguez and Lucas Vazquez have all had positive seasons in Madrid. Furthermore, there are a few “not sure” players. Liverpool flop Iago Aspas was given the green light ahead of Alvaro Morata after a good campaign with Celta Vigo, as was Valencia forward Rodrigo. Another shock name to the list was Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal, who was picked ahead of Marcos Alonso, Real Sociedad right back Alvaro Odriozola, who has been named ahead of Alonso and Hector Bellerin, rounds off the 23-man selection for Spain. This squad wil suit playing the typical Spanish, keep ball way. There isn’t a lot of pace through out the side, but hopefully, Lopetegui can show why he was given the job and find a system that works with an incredibly talented 23 man squad.

" Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons." The short statement also added that the Basque will take up his role after the World Cup, which starts on Thursday and finishes on July 15, with Spain among the favourites to reach the final in Moscow. La Roja kick off their

When Julen Lopetegui named his final 23-man squad for the World Cup, there was an excitement that they could reclaim the title they won eight years ago. Leaked Photo- New Spain Away Kit 2018 World Cup-… In this case I tend to stand by the official decision for the squad .

Spain sporting director Fernando Hierro has been installed as Spain’s head coach for the tournament, not exactly ideal preparation just a day away from the tournament start.

Related: For all the latest news and opinion, visit our World Cup hub HERE

Spanish newspaper, and Real Madrid mouthpiece, Marca is reporting that Lopetegui jetted out of Russia after he was sacked and is now back in Spain.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland He was allowed to address the players in private before his departure and apparently told them: ‘Win the World Cup now, this has happened to make us stronger.’

He had instructed them to put a hold on all transfer or contract talks with their clubs during the World Cup, DESPITE conducting his own transfer business the whole time they were in Russia.

Spain considering Premier League boss as Lopetegui replacement

  Spain considering Premier League boss as Lopetegui replacement Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is on the list of candidates to replace the recently-sacked Spain manager Julen Lopetegui. The Northern Echo claims that the former Real Madrid boss is under consideration. The Spanish Football Federation have taken the bold decision to sack Lopetegui just one day before the World Cup kicks off. The news follows the confirmation that Lopetegui will be taking over at Real Madrid this summer. Following the announcement, there has been contrasting reports about Lopetegui’s future with the Spanish national team, but his departure has now been confirmed. This is not the first time Benitez has been linked with the Spain job. He was a target for the national team when Vicente del Bosque left his post back in 2016. Lopetegui’s departure will throw fresh doubt over Benitez’s immediate future with Newcastle. Benitez has been linked with moves away from St James’ Park following the difficult relationship he has endured with Mike Ashley.

Julen Lopetegui has named his Spain squad for his first games in charge. Adidas reveal new boots to be worn by Salah for Champions League final but Real will wear them too!

Spain trained together in Murcia on Tuesday ahead games against Colombia and Macedonia Julen Lopetegui ' s side face Colombia in a friendly on Wednesday before travelling to Skopje Lopetegui has denied there is a rift between Barcelona and Real Madrid players in his squad

Julen Lopetegui standing in front of a crowd © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland At the press conference, during which he fired Lopetegui, Rubiales said: ‘I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision.

‘You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision.’

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Marco Asensio responds to speculation linking him with move to Liverpool .
Marco Asensio has responded to the reports linking him with a move to Liverpool and has revealed that he will hold talks with new Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui after the World Cup to discuss his future. Asensio is one of the fastest rising stars in European football and reports last week claimed that Liverpool were ready to spend a club record fee of over £100m in order to sign him. Whilst the story about a supposed bid from the Reds seems to have little substance to it, Liverpool are likely to be interested in such a good player and they may have been given a slight boost after the 22-year-old did not rule out the possibility of a summer move. When asked about Liverpool’s interest in him, Asensio said: “Liverpool? When the World Cup is over, we’ll talk about that sort of thing, now I’m focused on selection.” He then went on to say that he’ll hold talks with Lopetegui after the World Cup to discuss his future. “I’m glad Julen has signed up for Real Madrid, after the World Cup we’ll talk things over with him.

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