Spain Pique summons spirit of Michigan ’89 amid Spain’s Lopetegui fiasco Harry West 03:47 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Spain World Cup Portugal v Spain La Roja may be in disarray heading into Russia 2018 but the defender is taking inspiration from a basketball triumph almost 30 years ago Gerard Pique is remaining defiant in the wake of Spain’s chaotic World Cup build-up, drawing on Michigan’s 1989 NCAA Basketball Championship-winning team as proof La Roja can prosper in Russia.The 2010 champions were rocked on Tuesday when it was announced head coach Julen Lopetegui would join Real Madrid after the finals.Unwilling to let Lopetegui stay on for the tournament, the Royal Spanish Football Federation sacked the 51-year-old on Wednesday and placed former captain Fernando Hierro in temporary charge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move And Pique, a world and European champion with Spain, is taking inspiration from Michigan’s title 29 years ago, when the Wolverines sacked Bill Frieder – who had announced he would take up another coaching position after the tournament – before his replacement Steve Fisher guided the team to glory.”University of Michigan. Basketball. 1989. NCAA Champion. It wouldn’t be the first time it happened,” Pique posted on Twitter.”All together, now more than ever.”Universidad de Michigan. Baloncesto. 1989. Campeón de la NCAA. No sería la primera vez que ocurre. Todos unidos, ahora más que nunca.— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) June 13, 2018 Spain get their campaign started with a tough Group B test against Portugal on Friday, before clashes with Iran and Morocco.