– ‘Big tie of the round’ –
Butragueno added: “Of course it is the big tie of the round. Chelsea-Barca is important too, but I think for the players that will be on show, it is the most attractive of all the ties.”
PSG ambassador Maxwell said the Real tie threw up the chance for the Parisian club to atone for their 6-1 hammering by Barcelona that eliminated them in the last 16 last season.
“It’s a good draw, with two good games to play,” Maxwell said. “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.”
While Real’s La Liga rivals Barcelona were drawn against Chelsea, English Premier League leaders Manchester City play Basel, who have had some fine results against English sides in recent years.
Five-time winners and current Bundesliga table toppers Bayern Munich drew Turkish giants Besiktas, while last year’s beaten finalists Juventus take on Tottenham.
Bayern’s director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic said the Germans would not be underestimating Besiktas, who should enjoy some raucous support from the city’s Turkish community.
“We know how strong they are after we followed their games against Leipzig. It will be a difficult task, but we are looking forward to the unusual atmosphere in their stadium,” he said.
“One always says that it is a disadvantage to play at home in the first-leg, which is right – it certainly won’t be an advantage – but we are strong enough to accept that and we will give our all.”
With a record five English clubs in the draw, three-time champions Manchester United face Sevilla and Liverpool, five-time winners, will be up against two-time former champions Porto.
Unfancied Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk will play Roma.
First legs will be played on February 13/14 and 20/21, with second legs on March 6/7 and 13/14.
February 13 and March 7
Juventus (ITA) v Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Basel (SUI) v Manchester City (ENG)
February 14 and March 6
Porto (POR) v Liverpool (ENG)
Real Madrid (ESP) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
February 20 and March 14
Chelsea (ENG) v Barcelona (ESP)
Bayern Munich (GER) v Besiktas (TUR)
February 21 and March 13
Sevilla (ESP) v Manchester United (ENG)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Roma (ITA)
All kick-offs 1945 GMT except for Besiktas v Bayern on March 14 (1700 GMT)
The round of 16 #UCLdraw has been made ?
Backing your team to progress? pic.twitter.com/v7I6dSq7Tc
— ★ #UCLdraw ★ (@ChampionsLeague) December 11, 2017