Jose Mourinho got his wish in Monday’s Champions League draw, with Chelsea paired with French title holders Paris St Germain in the last-16.
Comments from the Blues boss are often taken with a pinch of salt, with it difficult to imagine that the Ligue 1 giants were his preferred choice in the knockout stage.
They are a side very similar to Chelsea – one moulded from the millions spent by an ambitious and wealthy owner.
They have been able to add the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani to their ranks, along with former Stamford Bridge defender David Luiz.
PSG are, without question, a dangerous proposition, and one with revenge in mind as they prepare to lock horns with the Premier League leaders.
Chelsea dumped them out of Europe’s premier club competition in 2013/14, with a thrilling quarter-final clash seeing Mourinho’s men progress on away goals.
They hit back from losing the first leg in Paris 3-1 to prevail 2-0 on home soil in dramatic fashion.
More of the same will be demanded by Mourinho this time around, but PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has warned the Blues that his side are ready to write a different script.
He told PSG TV: “Chelsea is a good draw for us.
"I am very confident. I trust my coach and my players to show the best of Paris Saint-Germain. We learned a lot from the experience of last season, and we will work to have a different ending this year."
Chelsea will travel to the French capital for the first leg of an eagerly-anticipated clash on February 17, with the return date in London on March 11.
Both sides believe that they are capable of going all the way, with expensively-assembled squads brimming with world-class talent.
The momentum gained from claiming a notable scalp at the next stage could be enough to fire them towards Berlin and a final date in the Olympiastadion on June 6.