Less than three months after their bitter divorce, Jose Mourinho will come face to face with Real Madrid once again on Wednesday in Miami after AC Milan were brushed aside with ease here this morning.
Superbly taken goals from young midfielders Kevin De Bryun and Andre Schurell were enough to see off the Italians and help Chelsea into the final of the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup.
It will be an excellent test and a superb way for Mourinho to fine tune his preparations ahead of the Premier League opener on Aug 18 against Hull.
So far here in the US, both Milan teams have been unable to cope with a youthfull, dynamic Stamford Bridge side who have been resolute in defence and more imaginative in attack.
Keen to get as many match minutes into all of his squad as possible, Mourinho rang the changes for the second of four matches here.
Demba Ba was given his chance to stake a claim for a striking role while promising Belgian youngster De Bruyne started in midfield alongside Marco van Ginkel.
There were some familiar faces in the famous black and red of AC Milan - Mario Balotelli and Nigel De Jong, both formerly of Manchester City, started for the Serie A side.
So it came as little surprise that De Jong, living up to his tough-tackling persona, was flying into tackles right from the very start.
He helped give this match, the second Chelsea have played in the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup, a competitive edge early on.
Branislav Ivanovic, operating at centre-half alongside Gary Cahill, almost opened the scoring on five minutes when his backheel very nearly slipped past Christian Abbiati before Oscar shot just wide.
And the impressive Brazilian, who excelled in Indianapolis on Thursday during the 2-0 win over Inter Milan, was turning provider too, coolly floating a free-kick onto the head of Ivanovic who headed wide from close range.
The Serbian was in the heart of all the action, collecting a yellow card on 18 minutes for a foul on Balotelli on the edge of the box, yet the Italians were unable to take advantage from the resulting free-kick.
It was an open affair and, never one to shy away from the limelight, Balotelli was heavily involved. Sulley Muntari, once of Portsmouth and Sunderland, half-hit the ball across goal but Balotelli was unable to tuck it home.
The same cannot be said of De Bruyne, though, whose cool finish on the half-hour put Chelsea ahead. The 22 year-old, highly rated by Mourinho, showed class and composure to direct the ball into the far corner following good work from compatriot Hazard.
The Premier League side deserved their lead and returned for the second half with some of their leading lights introduced in among seven changes over all.
John Terry, Fernando Torres, Ashley Cole, Ramires and Juan Mata were all thrown into the fray.
Torres needed a good performance, and a goal, especially with Mourinho's pursuit of Wayne Rooney refusing to die.
But it was Terry who almost doubled the Premier League side's lead, acrobatically volleying wide from a Hazard corner before Mata sprinted through, only to be let down with a weak finish.
This match, though, unlike the one at the Lucas Oil Stadium, continued to get a healthy crowd of 39,764 excited well into the second period.
They got a few laughs, too, no more so than when Torres fell over the ball trying to break clear with 20 minutes left.
Yes, he recovered well from the slip to almost carve out a goal, but this was another disjointed performance from the £50 million frontman, who was eventually subbed for Romelu Lukaku with five minutes left.
Mourinho, though, taking a leaf out of Alistair Campbell's book, tried to spin a line afterwards insisting the Spaniard had been "fantastic" considering he'd just had five days training since returning from international duty.
That was up for debate but what couldn't be challenged was how AC enjoyed plenty of the ball but rarely tested either Petr Cech in the first half or Mark Schwarzer in the second.
So it was left to another substitute, German Schurrle, to clinically volley home in stoppage time to set up that date with Mourinho's former charges.