With the Club still basking in the glow of having pulled off a major coup to get Real Madrid to Dean Court, Shaun MacDonald goes on record that the experience was a great learning curve for the playing squad.
Speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, MacDonald is quoted as saying: "We knew it was going to be tough and just wanted to get something out of it in terms of fitness and confidence. I thought we started really well and then the goals gave them a bit of push. Although the scoreline wasn’t brilliant for us, they have done that to some of the best teams in the world so we can’t be too disappointed. They were excellent at short, sharp one-twos around the edge of the box and were never in a rush to cross the ball. They knew when to switch the ball and broke lines when they wanted. To be better than we are, we have to learn from players like that. Everyone was looking forward to it and we knew it was going to be tough. It was a good day for the club, not just players, but the supporters and everyone who turned up".
Source: Cherries MAD