Hierro not making changes after Lopetegui departure

Source: Xinhua| 2018-06-15 00:53:03|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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SOCHI, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Fernando Hierro took his seat in the press room in the Fischt Stadium in Sochi, less than 30 hours after being named as the replacement for Julen Lopetegui as Spain coach and around 26 hours before he will lead Spain into their opening game in the 2018 World Cup against Portugal.

Speaking in his first official pre-game press conference as Spain coach, Hierro made it clear he wouldn't be making many changes to what Lopetegui had done over his two years in charge.

"We have to respect the work that has been carried out in the past two weeks and also the European Champions, but we trust in our players we know we have to realize we are fully fit and prepared after two weeks of intense work," he commented.

"We have not had much time to work and so I am not going to change much, we have a clear goal in mind and there are still a lot of the coaching staff, who are still here, you will see the Spain squad you are used to,"

"We have been playing excellent football for a long time now," said Hierro.

The Spain coach also said that although the Portugal match was vital, it was not the only big game Spain will play in a group which also contains Iran and Morocco.

"I think we have three major games today, against Portugal and then two sides, we have to realize we are privileged to be here and we have to enjoy it, but also to say that we gave everything we have and so we will do that and see how far we can go."

Hierro was accompanied by Spain captain, Sergio Ramos, who said the players wanted to "turn the page as soon as possible," following Lopetegui's departure.

"I think the sooner we leave this in the past the better, we have to remember our World Cup will start tomorrow and we are starting against the reigning Champions of Europe," he stressed, while insisting there was no division in the dressing room following Lopetegui's dismissal.