Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has warned his players that only by winning the Champions League outright will they gain revenge for their 2008 final defeat to Manchester United.
The quarter-finals of the Champions League will see another encounter between the Premier League adversaries.
But it might be eclipsed as a tie in some eyes by the glamour of Tottenham coming up against Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid.
For Ancelotti the stakes could not be higher as Chelsea continue the search for their first Champions League trophy and he believes focusing on that defeat in Moscow three years ago could prove a distraction.
He said: “I don’t have to have revenge for United – I was not there. For my players, I don’t think it’s a good motivation for revenge.
“It should be fantastic motivation to look forward in the future. We have four games to reach the final in London. If Chelsea reached the final there, we’d have a good revenge for 2008 – not (by winning) against United.”
Ancelotti was pragmatic at the prospect of facing Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in another crucial match this season. The victors will face either holders Inter Milan or Schalke of Germany for a place in the final at Wembley on May 28.
Ancelotti added: “I’m not happy, I am not disappointed; I am realistic.
“They are a team we know very well and they know us very well.
“For English football, it’s good – last season, no English teams were in the semi-finals.
“This year, one team or two teams will be in the semi-finals.”
United have not won at Stamford Bridge since 2002, and were defeated earlier this month in a stormy encounter that has ended up with Ferguson incurring a five-match touchline ban.
Spurs face Real Madrid with Barcelona or Shakhtar Donetsk lying in wait in the semi-finals.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said: “It’s a fantastic draw. What a game to look forward to against one of the greatest clubs in world football.
“You have to look forward to games like this. These are the great days in your life and great days in Tottenham’s history.
“We’ll go there and give it a real go and you couldn’t have a more exciting or tougher game.”
Manchester United travel to Chelsea and Spurs to Madrid for the first leg of the ties.