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Marcos Alonso comes from a family with rich football history, and with the Spaniard now doing well at Chelsea and already has a Premier League title to his name, he’d be happy not to have let his family down.

The Chelsea left wing-back still falls short of his family’s rich history so far, as his late grandfather, Marcos Alonso Imaz, known as Marquitos, who died in 2012 at the age of 78, played for the greatest Real Madrid side for eight years, winning the European Cup five times between 1955-1960, alongside legends like Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo Di Stefano and Francisco Gento.

His dad Marcos Alonso Pena, was also a footballing great, who played for Barcelona for five years, losing in one European Cup final and winning La Liga once, and managed several teams in Spain.

Dinner time in the Alonso household was tricky. He said: “My mother would call Marcos, and both of us would turn around.

Alonso’s dad is a huge Barcelona fan, but the Spaniard has hinted that his dad will support Chelsea for Wednesday’s game.

“Who is my dad’s favourite player, me or Lionel Messi? Me, obviously!

“Wednesday will be very special. My father played there for five years and is a big Barcelona fan. I played for Real Madrid many years but it will be my first time at the Nou Camp. Hopefully we will play our game.

“What my grandfather did is extra motivation. Something to look at and admire and to make me fight for it. But five is difficult.

“He used to say it was easy though because he was a centre back. He just used to get the ball back and give it to Di Stefano, Gento, or Puskas. My grandmother has his five replica cups at home.”

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