Rico enjoying the challenge

Published on: 10 July 2019

Bournemouth full-back Diego Rico says that he is embracing the challenge of life in the Premier League.

The Spanish defender moved to the Cherries from Leganes last summer, having spent all his career up to that point in his home country.

It's different from La Liga in Spain, but I am enjoying the challenge.

Diego Rico

His first season in the UK was hampered by an ankle injury limiting him to just 16 appearances for Eddie Howe's side.

Howe admitted towards the end of last season that the transition from La Liga to the Premier League had been a difficult one for Rico, though insisting that he had the ability to be a success with Bournemouth.

Rico himself agreed that it had taken him some time to adapt, but he is determined to succeed, telling the club's official website: "My first season here, it was enjoyable. The Premier League is very strong and very physical. It's different from La Liga in Spain, but I am enjoying the challenge.

"The language, the culture and the league, as well as different players, but I have tried to adapt quickly."

Bournemouth are preparing for their fifth season in the Premier League having had another successful season last term, finishing 14th and never in relegation trouble thanks to an excellent start which saw just two defeats in their first 10 matches, a run that included six victories.

This pre-season they have games arranged against Championship sides West Brom and Brentford followed by a home friendly against Italian side Lazio.

They get the new season underway at home to newly promoted Sheffield United on 10th August and the Cherries are 17/20 to start off with a win with Chris Wilder's side 14/5 and the draw 14/5.

Bournemouth are 1/6 to avoid relegation next season with Sheffield United 6/5.

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Bournemouth full-back Diego Rico says that he is embracing the challenge of life in the Premier League.

The Spanish defender moved to the Cherries from Leganes last summer, having spent all his career up to that point in his home country.

It's different from La Liga in Spain, but I am enjoying the challenge.

Diego Rico

His first season in the UK was hampered by an ankle injury limiting him to just 16 appearances for Eddie Howe's side.

Howe admitted towards the end of last season that the transition from La Liga to the Premier League had been a difficult one for Rico, though insisting that he had the ability to be a success with Bournemouth.

Rico himself agreed that it had taken him some time to adapt, but he is determined to succeed, telling the club's official website: "My first season here, it was enjoyable. The Premier League is very strong and very physical. It's different from La Liga in Spain, but I am enjoying the challenge.

"The language, the culture and the league, as well as different players, but I have tried to adapt quickly."

Bournemouth are preparing for their fifth season in the Premier League having had another successful season last term, finishing 14th and never in relegation trouble thanks to an excellent start which saw just two defeats in their first 10 matches, a run that included six victories.

This pre-season they have games arranged against Championship sides West Brom and Brentford followed by a home friendly against Italian side Lazio.

They get the new season underway at home to newly promoted Sheffield United on 10th August and the Cherries are 17/20 to start off with a win with Chris Wilder's side 14/5 and the draw 14/5.

Bournemouth are 1/6 to avoid relegation next season with Sheffield United 6/5.

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Source: bet365.com

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