PSG had initially been paired together with Manchester United but the reworked draw sees them play Real Madrid while the Old Trafford side will face Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
UEFA had earlier blamed the “material error” for the “technical problem with the external service provider software” as it announced that the first round of the competition would have to be reconsidered. With the tournament being played live at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, the problem became apparent when Manchester United were named to face Villarreal, although the teams failed to play in the same group.
The record of 13-time European champions Real Madrid is unlikely to be happy with the new draw as they were first linked with Benfica in the first leg before the crisis – clash with PSG of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe, on paper, a very strong tie. Liverpool faces a similar situation. Originally drawn with Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, they now face three-time Inter winners, Serie A champions, and current leaders of the Italian league.
Salzburg have replaced Bayern Munich, Manchester City will face Sporting Lisbon and Benfica will play Ajax. Villarreal faces Juventus, and one equal in the first, never to be repeated later sees reigning champions Chelsea face French champions Lille.
The first legs will be played in the second half of February and the second in early March. This season’s Champions League final will be played in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg on May 28.