Bournemouth defender expects "stroll in the park" for Madrid
Speaking to 'Sportsmole', Bournemouth's Steve Cook looked ahead to Sunday's pre-season friendly against Real Madrid: "It's massive for the club".
In an interview with ‘Sportsmole’, Bournemouth defender Steve Cook has admitted that excitement is high as the club prepare to host Real Madrid in Sunday’s pre-season friendly at the Goldsands stadium. "At first we thought that it wasn't going to happen - it was just talk, but a few days later it actually materialised,” he said. “There was a bit of disbelief that we were playing Real Madrid. I think it's massive for the club and the town. They’re one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
Cook also discussed the current high temperatures in the UK, suggesting that it could be to the La Liga side’s benefit: “They're coming over to nice warm weather. I'm sure it will be a stroll in the park for them. I don't think they've done much training, but I can see them being a bit more used to the weather."
Although the match is a sell-out, there has been controversy over ticket prices of £60 for the match. However, Cook insisted that it would be money well spent for the Bournemouth supporters: "Obviously it's a lot of money but are Madrid going to come back here again? It's maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people around Bournemouth, and especially the players. It’s going to be a good evening."
The 22-year-old also admitted that the prospect of coming up against Cristiano Ronaldo was a particular attraction to him. "Some would say he's the best, some would say second best, but it's going to be a great experience. I'm looking forward to playing against him,” he said.
Despite acknowledging that ‘Los Blancos’ are a “world-class side”, the defender insisted that the Cherries would be out to spring a surprise: “We're going into it with that mindset and hoping to cause an upset."