Carlo Ancelotti will take charge of his first Madrid game against…Bournemouth?
Carlo Ancelotti was probably as surprised as anyone when he found out his first game in charge of Real Madrid would be Championship side Bournemouth.
The highly unlikely fixture has come about by chance, with Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell telling their fans it is a “well-earned gift for their unwavering dedication”. Well, a very costly gift at that.
Real Madrid will begin their pre-season tour and the Ancelotti-era with a game at the Goldstands Stadium on July 21st and Mitchell explains that it all came about thanks to his son.
“My son was talking to a friend who knows people at Real Madrid and got chatting about a possible exhibition match,” he told Sky Sports.
“We’ve worked hard over the last three or four weeks to finalise things.”
Ronaldo will be one of the superstars confirmed making his way to the bright lights of Bournemouth, though the players involved in the Confederations Cup will not be in attendance.
While it is a big coup for the club –“it’s an opportunity for us to put the town of Bournemouth on the map” – the supporters will have to fork out more than double the price of a league game for the privilege, with tickets going for £65 a pop, or £55 for season-ticket holders.
“It’s showcasing what we can do on a matchday against a special team - some of the world's best players. So, no, I don't think it's too expensive. It’s a great opportunity,” Mitchell added.
An unlikely setting for some of the world’s top players and it should make for one hell of an afternoon on the south coast.