Real Madrid play PSG in Champions League, Chelsea get Barcelona
Champions League round of 16 draw

Real Madrid play PSG in Champions League, Chelsea get Barcelona

11/12/2017

Reigning champions Real Madrid will face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16, while Chelsea take on Barcelona.

Manchester United have a first ever competitive meeting with Sevilla, Manchester City play Basel and Liverpool are up against Porto, but fellow group winners Tottenham Hotspur have a tough test in Italian champions Juventus.

Bayern Munich, who finished second to PSG in Group B, play Besiktas and Shakhtar Donetsk take on Roma.

The biggest tie of the round, though, sees Madrid -- winners in both 2016 and 2017 -- facing a PSG side widely considered among the leading contenders to win the trophy this season after bringing in Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Dani Alves in the summer.

Madrid pay the price for a slow start to the season that saw them unexpectedly finish runners-up to Tottenham in the group stage.

The Spanish champions' director of institutional relations, Emilio Butragueno, told beIN Sports: "It could have been the final, for the power of the two clubs, but that happens in a draw -- luck plays a role.

"We will meet them in the last 16, which is a bit early, we could say. Logically we are both challengers for the trophy."

The two clubs were paired in the group stage two seasons ago, when Rafa Benitez's Madrid were outplayed for spells in both games but drew 0-0 away and won 1-0 at home.

"Each summer they have bought enormous players and are getting stronger all the time," Butragueno added. "They had almost perfect group stage. They have great power up front with Neymar and Mbappe.

"We must trust in our players, who know how to play this type of game. Hopefully we arrive with a full squad, and have the fortune that you always need in this sort of tie. We will see how we arrive at the games.

"This is the biggest tie of the round. For the players who will be on the pitch, it will be the most entertaining of all."

Former PSG defender Maxwell, now an ambassador for the Ligue 1 club, said on UEFA's website: "It's a good draw, with two good games to play. Our fans will like it after we were knocked out by Barcelona last season. It will be nice. It's a beautiful challenge for the club. I think we're ready for that."

English champions Chelsea have also suffered for having to settle for second place in their group behind Roma, with a match-up with Ernesto Valverde's revitalised Barcelona representing a significant hurdle if they are to progress.

Chelsea and Barca have developed a rivalry in the Roman Abramovich era, with Andres Iniesta settling a bitter semifinal contest with a last-minute winner in 2009, while the Blues won out in the last four 2012 en route to their only success in the competition.

Among the other Premier League clubs, United, City and Liverpool will all be favourites to reach the quarterfinal stage after avoiding Madrid and Bayern, but Spurs must overcome a Juve side who -- despite a relatively disappointing campaign so far -- have reached two of the last three finals.

Ties to be played Feb. 13, 14, 20 and 21 and March 5, 6, 12, 13

Juventus vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Basel vs. Manchester City

Porto vs. Liverpool

Sevilla vs. Manchester United

Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Roma

Chelsea vs. Barcelona

Bayern Munich vs. Besiktas

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