Paris Saint-Germain discovered their fate today for the knock-out stages of the UEFA Champions League and were drawn against a giant of Spanish football in Valencia.
The two-time finalists will host us first in mid-February before they make the trip to the Parc des Princes at the beginning of March.
When you consider who we could have been drawn against, the likes of Real Madrid, Milan and Arsenal, this draw will have been greeted with a nod of approval by all those affiliated to the club.
Valencia have a wonderful history, fantastic fans, a hostile ground and an array of talent. But, their form this season has been woeful by their standards, leading to the dismissal of their manager and are currently in the bottom half of the La Liga table.
However, it would be foolish to think that this will be straightforward when you consider those aspects. Anything can happen between now and February. Los Che may turn things round and be in the form of their lives just as we set to go one on one but at this present moment in time, it is a great draw for us.
Director of football Leonardo said after the draw in Nyon; “It is unclear whether this is a good draw, we will not know until the return leg. It will be a tough match against Valencia, who has experience in this event. They have participated in two Champions League finals.”
Draw in full:
Galatasaray v Schalke 04
Celtic v Juventus
Arsenal v Bayern Munich
Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund
AC Milan v Barcelona
Real Madrid v Man Utd
Valencia v PSG
FC Porto v Malaga