Real Madrid were left unhappy after the Champions League last-16 draw was redone following an error with the first draw.
La Liga leaders Real were arguably the biggest losers from the decision by UEFA as they were originally pitted against Benfica, before getting Paris Saint-Germain second time around. While Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said it was "fair" to do the draw again, Real's director of institutional relations, Emilio Butragueno, was not as impressed.
"I must say that it’s surprising, shameful and very difficult to understand what's gone on today, given that millions of fans and the world of sport were following the draw".
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Eurosport Spain's Samuel Garcia reflects on the reaction to the draw in Madrid and what could happen next...
What has been the reaction in Spain?
It did not go down well with Real Madrid because Benfica was a more beatable rival and the match came before the error made by UEFA. Real Madrid will be very angry with UEFA as stated by Emilio Butragueno. In the cases of Atletico Madrid and Villarreal, the two clubs have preferred the redraw, because Manchester United and Juventus are considered easier than their original ties against Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
How annoyed are Real Madrid?
In Madrid they think that their match with Benfica was the correct one because it was drawn before the UEFA mistake. Butragueno explained their frustration in his statement.
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Is it true that they asked UEFA to stick with the original draw?
Yes. Madrid wanted their match against Benfica to continue because UEFA's mistake with the balls came later.
Are Real Madrid likely to pursue the matter further?
At this time, we do not know. Most likely, they will play the match against PSG normally.
What are their chances are against PSG?
Honestly, I think PSG are favourites because of their powerful forward line, but Madrid are on a good winning run and are masters of the Champions League. There will be more pressure on PSG because they have never won this competition. But plenty can change before February.
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