There are eight matches to play in the Champions League round of 16, but one in particular has football fans licking their lips – a clash of titans between title holders Real Madrid and Paris-Saint Germain, the world’s second most expensive football squad.
It’s a fixture neither side would have wanted this early in the competition, but representatives from both teams seemed upbeat.
Real Madrid’s Director of Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueno said: “They are very solid in defense, very talented in the midfield and offensively they have players that are able to win a match on their own. So, we have to be at our best if we want to qualify. We are the holders and our players always rise to the occasion.”
Maxwell, a former Paris Saint-Germain player and now the club’s Assistant Sporting Director, said: “I think they have many, many, many qualities, they have a lot of strengths, quality players. They have also, we know that they are going to play home, they have a lot of offensive power. But we have our qualities; we have our, our players, our ambition to continue in this competition.”
While the match is likely to be the most talked about in the lead up to the last-16 round in January, another face off between football giants will see English champions Chelsea face the mighty Barcelona.
Elsewhere, last year’s finallists Juventus will face Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester City, who have lost one game this season, will face FC Basel.