Alonso and Atletico – family past and facing them in Romania

Due to ongoing travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, tonight’s match will be played in the Romanian capital Bucharest, rather than Madrid. While Alonso, who is hoping to make his first Champions League appearance of the season, will miss the presence of the fans and the great atmosphere European games usually provide, he feels the change of venue could work in our favour.

‘They have a great support from their fans,’ explained the 30-year-old. ‘I think they are one of the best in the whole of Spain and in the last few years, with the good run they’ve had, winning the league and playing in two Champions League finals, they have even more fans in Madrid now.

‘They feel it in a great way, I think, and while it’s not good for football if they don’t have their fans in the stadium, it may be good for us, because they really push the team.’

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