Real Madrid welcome Bayern Munich to the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday evening for the second leg of their Champions League quarter final. Xabi Alonso spent five years in the Spanish capital with Los Blancos, but is now seen in the colours of the German giants, and is looking forward to his return.
Madrid, Liverpool and Real Sociedad affection
It was two and a half years ago when the man from the Basque country decided to make a move to Munich following a period at Madrid that had seen him become a fan favourite. In the same way as he is still remembered fondly by fans of Real Sociedad and Liverpool, there will be many a home supporter on Tuesday with positive feelings towards the opposing Alonso.
Longing to return to the Bernabéu turf
And taking to Twitter on Monday, Xabi posted a black and white image of himself looking out over the stadium from the offices of Best of You - an agency that respresents him - in Torre Europa, Madrid. His accompanying message was simple and finished with the Bayern club motto: Mia San Mia...We are who we are.
AS English will be building up to the big game throughout the day ahead of our live commentary from 20:45 CEST. Madrid start with a 2-1 lead from the pulsating first leg.