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sport news Lopetegui 'not worried' about issue of Pique and Bernabeu

Spain face at the Bernabeu on Saturday night in a World Cup qualifier Spain currently sit top of their group but have the same amount of points  Julen Lopetegui is expecting a very tough match against Saturday's opponents 

By Jonathan Spencer For Mailonline

Published: 15:05 BST, 1 September 2017 | Updated: 15:05 BST, 1 September 2017

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Spain manager Julen Lopetegui does not expect the fans to get on Gerard Pique's back on Saturday night against at the Bernabeu. 

Pique has outwardly made known his dislike for over the years but Lopetegui is sure that the Bernabeu crowd will help his side rather than direct their anger at the Barcelona defender.

Spain moved an international friendly with England in March 2015 due to fears of a hostile reception from the Bernabeu fans for the Barcelona defender.

Gerard Pique and his Spanish team-mates take on Italy on Saturday night at the Bernabeu

Gerard Pique and his Spanish team-mates take on on Saturday night at the Bernabeu

Julen Lopetegui is not worried about the fans getting on Pique's back at the Bernabeu

Julen Lopetegui is not

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