PSG chairman excited for Real clash

Paris Saint-Germain CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the club is not daunted by the prospect of meeting European Champions Real Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League in two months time.

PSG were drawn with Zinedine Zidane's side who are in search of their third consecutive Champions League double, and despite the Ligue 1 side failing to advance further than the quarter-final since the Qatari takeover, Al-Khelaifi claims they will embrace the magic of facing their illustrious opponents.

The fixture was thought to be a bitter pill to swallow for everyone involved with the French giants after they topped their Group in record-breaking fashion over Bayern Munich – but were still paired with Los Blancos.

"We have big respect for Real Madrid," he told reporters. "It will be two great matches. The fans will have magic football moments away and at the Parc des Princes.

"As I always say, we need to be ready to play all the teams and we will be ready."

Les Parisiens vice sporting director Maxell reiterated the comments of the club CEO and feels it will be a real spectacle for all football loving fans – with the best players in the world on display, fighting for a spot in the quarter-finals.

"These are two great games to play. We are aware of the importance of these two upcoming fixtures," the former PSG left-back said. "It will be two great games, for us, for the fans with a second leg game to play at home. It is a very nice challenge for the club.

"There is a history between Real and us, a nice history. Players are aware of the expectations and will do everything they can to qualify and show our value in this competition.

"There will be two great teams, with some of the best players in the world on the pitch."

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