Bournemouth will come up against one of their toughest tests yet on Sunday when they face Champions League semi-finalists Real Madrid.

The Championship side, who were playing against the likes of Grimsby Town four seasons ago, welcome the La Liga runners-up with open arms to what is set to be a packed Goldsands Stadium. 

Understandably the players and fans are excited about the game. Full-back Charlie Daniels told BBC Sport: "Everyone is really looking forward to it. Everyone wants to play, is up for it and raring to go."

Fans were charged up to £60 to watch the nine-times European champions, some felt this was a bit steep, but they may feel differently when watching the likes of Angel di Maria and Luka Modric. 

The game, although a friendly, is likely to be one of the most anticipated in the club’s history. 

Former Reading defender Ian Harte told BBC Sport: "Madrid are one of the best teams in the world.

“It should be a great occasion and we need to go out there and express ourselves and if there is a tackle to be made to go through with it and take someone out, otherwise we will be punished."

Carlo Ancelotti is expected to name a full strength team including Gonzalo Higuain, who has been stringently linked with a move to Arsenal. 

It will be a great occasion for Bournemouth Football Club and many fans would say the result is irrelevant. But wouldn't it be great if Eddie Howe’s team could get a win!


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