Spain sacking of Lopetegui shocks Joachim Low
Joachim Low has been bewildered by Spain's decision to fire head coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of 2018 World Cup.
Within 24hrs of Lopetegui's confirmation as Real Madrid head coach, Spain fired him with Fernando Hierro set to take over the reins for the finals.
Hierro will guide Spain in their Group B opener against rivals Portugal on Friday, and Low admits he has been surprised by the development.
"I was also surprised and it very much came out of the blue. I've no idea about the background of the Spanish Federation's decision. To put it mildly, it is very unusual, if not a total bombshell.
"Let's not beat about the bush - it will lead to difficulties and a bit of unrest. Fernando Hierro has experience in coaching and I think he was an assistant coach for Real Madrid for a while. He went to Valencia and was head of sporting affairs but I cannot evaluate his qualities as a coach," the German tactician added.
Spain will hold together
Low, however, believes that Spain will handle the challenge and remain together.
"However, Spain has been together for years and years. They have a clear philosophy. Just look at Barcelona and Real Madrid who leave their mark on the national team.
"The players know each other well and have done for many years, so at the end of day Lopetegui or no Lopetegui, Spain will not lose any of their class or quality." Low concluded.
Germany opens their title defense against Mexico on Sunday.