The looting of Lopetegui will not harm Spain in the World Cup



German midfielder Toni Kroos said on Thursday he does not believe that the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui as coach on the eve of the World Cup would significantly harm Spain's chances in Russia.

Lopetegui was spectacularly dismissed on Wednesday after he emerged had agreed to take over Real Madrid after the World Cup.

"I do not think it's a big disadvantage," said the real star Kroos at the German team base.

"Of course, there are more ideal cases, but I think the already existing systems will come together".

Kroos, 28, who has won the Champions League title three times with Real, says he has had no contact with his club, but gave his support to Lopetegui replacement Fernando Hierro.

The 50-year-old has been inducted into the charge for Spain's opening match against Portugal in Sochi on Friday.

He has limited experience as a coach and only returned to the role of sports director in the national federation the last Nove mber.

"I got to know Hierro in Madrid, he's a good guy and a good coach," added Kroos.

Germany begins its defense of the World Cup title on Sunday when they face Mexico in Moscow, while Spain will face European champions Portugal on Friday.

"I was completely surprised, I do not know the background of the decision, but two days before the first game of the World Cup, it is incredible," admitted Germany coach Joachim Loew on Wednesday as the news broke for the first time time.

"Fernando Hierro has some experience as a coach, I can not judge his abilities, but the Spaniards are a team that knows each other very well.

" I do not think the Spaniards do it they lose their strength of play and class ".

Kroos thinks Spain will remain a threat despite the dismissal of coach Lopetegui


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