The German is looking forward to welcoming Atletico Madrid to the Amex.
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Uwe Huenemeier expressed his excitement ahead of Atletico Madrid’s pre-season visit to the Amex, and believes the Spanish giants will provide the Seagulls with an ideal challenge ahead to the Premier League season.
Albion will take on the Champions League semi-finalists on Sunday 6th August, and Huenemeier praised the strength of the La Liga opponents, before highlighting the game as a yardstick to measure his team’s progress.
He said, “When I played for Dortmund, I had the chance to play against Real Madrid, but now we play against Atletico Madrid and they’re one of the biggest teams in the world right now.
“They went to the Champions League semi-finals again, they have some really good players in the team, so we can compete against them at the highest level.
“But next season we’re going to have to compete at the highest level, so it will be a really good test for us to see where we are.
“It’s the week before the first Premier League match, so it’s a good test for us and we’ll definitely find out how far we’ve come over pre-season.”
Huenemeier returned to Germany after Albion’s promotion-winning campaign came to an end, and the central defender spoke about the active lifestyle he continues to lead over the summer months.
“I like spending as much time as I can with my kids. Whenever they’re in school, I play different sports such as golf or tennis. I love different sports and I’m really enjoying it right now.
“My boy wants to play football every minute of every day. He would like to play for three or four hours in a row, but I have to say ‘lets have a rest’ after half an hour.
“Even with my daughter, she’s always on her rollerblades. I’m really active with my kids and even when I’m on my own because staying at home and laying around on the couch is not my style.
“There are probably other people that are different to me, but I like to be very active because I’m really interested in different sports. It makes me happy and it’s totally different to football.”
The German is determined to make the most of his time away from football before the new season starts, but is already counting down the days until the start of pre-season.
“We still have a few weeks of holiday, but it will probably sink in when the pre-season programme starts, when you realise that you have to get fit for the new season.
“We’re playing Atletico Madrid in pre-season, so there’s a lot to look forward to, including when the new schedule comes out and we see who the first game is against.
“I can’t wait to start in four weeks, but we still need a bit of rest, both physically and mentally. I’m looking forward to the end of June when we start pre-season.”