MARCOS ALONSO was treated to a curious new chant when arriving in Bucharest for Chelsea's clash with Atletico Madrid.
The Champions League last-16 tie could see the left-back come up against the team his dad, Marcos Alonso Pena, starred for in the 1980s.
And the Blues' arrival at their Romanian hotel on Monday night saw the Spaniard greeted by fans.
Footage of the Chelsea squad getting off the team bus was accompanied by the chant: "Alonso be fast, don't be slow."
The exact origins of the chant, or the reasoning behind it, remain unclear.
Alonso, not recognised for burning pace or a major lack of speed, has become a more regular part of the team under Thomas Tuchel.
Having been exiled by Frank Lampard, the 30-year-old has featured in the last six games in all competitions.
Many expect him to start in the 8pm kick-off at Bucharest's National Arena, ahead of Emerson Palmieri and Ben Chilwell.
Chelsea are facing Atletico in Romania due to coronavirus travel restrictions between England and Spain.
Ahead of facing the LaLiga leaders, Tuchel highlighted the physical test his players must contend with.
The German told reporters: "It’s a big test physically and mentally.
"They are a very experienced group, a very experienced club at this level, and an experienced and tough coach to play against.
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"It’s a big test and that’s what we want because hopefully it brings out the best in us.
"It’s clear what you get when you play Atletico: fighting, experience and a team with a strong mentality.
"There are many teams that have experienced that. They are the leader in Spain but we have our qualities and the focus is on us."
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