Álvaro Arbeloa took to social media on Monday following the Champions League draw for the first knockout phase of the competition, which saw his ex-teammate Xabi Alonso pair Real Madrid with Paris Saint-Germain.
Arbeloa draws confidence from Alonso
The Spanish defender watched as compatriot Alonso - the special guest chosen to help with the highly anticiptaed Uefa draw - chose the French giants as Real Madrid's opponents for the round of 16 matches. Ahead of the occasion, Arbeloa said on Twitter:
"Madridistas can relax, we have Xabi Alonso in Geneva. We're in good hands."
Tough ties for Madrid, Barça and Sevilla
However, after Alonso had put his former club against one of the other favourites for the trophy, Arbeloa returned to Twitter:
"We all know that Xabi Alonso is much better with his feet than with his hands," completing his message with, "No fear. Go get 'em!"
Todos sabemos que @XabiAlonso es mucho mejor con los pies que con las manos. 🤣🤣🤣— Álvaro Arbeloa (@aarbeloa17) 11 de diciembre de 2017
No hay miedo. ¡A por ellos! PSG-RM
Arbeloa and Alonso played together for both Liverpool and Real Madrid. Alonso's also handed the other Spanish sides a tricky task with Sevilla playing Manchester United and Barcelona to face Chelsea.