Champions League draw gives English teams hope
John Terry will have had two flashbacks in the space of days - one to the era when he was England captain and another to a rainy Moscow night when he missed the penalty that cost Chelsea the Champions League.
Terry is back on course to regain the lost honour of England captaincy and a Champions League quarter-final draw packed with stories and sub-plots offers him the sight of redemption for a moment of misery he admits haunts him every day of his life.
Chelsea's pairing with Manchester United will revive memories of the 2008 final, won on penalties by Sir Alex Ferguson's side, while Tottenham's route forward in a tournament they have graced is laced with booby traps but also belief, starting with a confrontation with Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid.
Both Carlo Ancelotti and Sir Alex Ferguson will silently believe the draw, with the winners facing Schalke 04 or Inter Milan in the semi-final, gives real hope that there could be English participants in the Wembley final on 28 May.
And anyone foolish enough to discount Spurs will not have attended their Champions League games this season, especially at White Hart Lane where Harry Redknapp's players have been driven on by a tumultuous atmosphere.
For Chelsea, the Champions League has long represented the painful space in their trophy cabinet, a quest thwarted by a "ghost goal" at Liverpool, penalty shoot-out torment and the night against Barcelona in a semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge when they were left heartbroken by Andres Iniesta's injury-time goal and the wayward decision-making of Norwegian psychologist Tom Henning Ovrebo.
Chelsea may feel a change of Champions League luck is long overdue - and BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson believes it may just be coming this season.
He told me: "If you asked me to go down to the bookies and put money on the final now, I would go for Chelsea against Barcelona but the draw has given us so many possibilities.
"I suppose the odds were always on an all-English tie and probably Chelsea against Manchester United given their history. And another thing to say about it is that Barcelona have had a bucketful of luck with their draw.
"The only thing Champions League about the games between Chelsea and Manchester United will be the music. After that you will get the full English and the Premier League, with tackles flying in. I don't think they will be good games.
"Both managers will fancy their chances of winning and then they will certainly think they can beat Schalke or Inter in the semi. Chelsea have had some rough luck in the Champions League over the years and looking at that draw I think they will quietly fancy themselves.
"Chelsea and United is a 50-50 call but I just feel that Chelsea might come through. There is the growing suggestion that Didier Drogba may go at the end of the season and these are games in which he can really sell himself, and if he is going, to go out with a really big last hurrah.
"And whereas United have started to have defensive problems, Chelsea have started to get players fit, which could be a very significant factor if the injury situation is the same by the time the games come around.
"Chelsea also have Fernando Torres, who has form against Manchester United, available but to be honest I wouldn't have him in the team on current form. He still looks very, very short to me and I would go with a 4-5-1, playing Drogba through the middle and Nicolas Anelka out wider.
"Whoever gets through will think they can certainly come through that semi-final draw. You would back both against Schalke and in my opinion Inter are very beatable. Sure they had that great win against Bayern in Munich, but let's be honest Bayern could have been six up at half-time. It was an unbelievable game.
"Inter look more wide open than they ever did under Mourinho and Spurs took them apart at White Hart Lane in the group stage."
Lawrenson also refuses to write off Spurs' chances of beating Mourinho's Real Madrid - despite the growing belief that "The Special One" is destined to add another Champions League to those he won at Porto and Inter Milan.
He said: "I think the same can be said about Real that can be said about Inter. I really think they are beatable, but whatever happens I actually think this is the tie of the round.
"It is Harry Redknapp v Jose Mourinho and we know Harry's positive approach won't change. What he can do, though, is alter his teams in terms of tactics and from the bench. And we know now that they can restrict teams, like they did to AC Milan, as well as really tear into them in attack as they did with Inter.
"Real's squad makes them a little bit like the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team. The difference is that, unlike when the Harlem Globetrotters played basketball, the opposition will get the ball. Spurs will get the ball against Real and I can see them scoring in The Bernabeu. I can also see Real scoring at White Hart Lane but I really wouldn't write Spurs out of this one."
It is a test that appeared to hold no terrors for Spurs' Rafael van der Vaart as he contemplated his return to Real after moving to White Hart Lane earlier this season with an expression of delight on his Twitter feed.
And even in ,what is widely regarded as a less-than-vintage Premier League season when measured in quality, this is a draw that allows the elite of English football to loom large over the closing stages of Europe's premier tournament once more.