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Pellegrini was sacked by Madrid after just one season in charge.

Manuel Pellegrini insists he isn't out for revenge against Real Madrid

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Manuel Pellegrini faces an emotional return to the Bernabeu stadium when his Manchester City side take on Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.

The outgoing City boss was sacked six years ago by the Spanish giants and replaced by Jose Mourinho after just one season. 

An unhappy spell 

His spell in Madrid was an unhappy one, and he fell out with club bosses over their insistence on signing 'Galacticos'.

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Pellegrini wanted to develop his own squad, but big name signings such as £80million Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema were bought over his head.

Eyes on the final

However, he appears to have made his peace with the affair, as he now insists he is not out for personal revenge when he takes City to their first ever Champions League semi-final.

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Pellegrini clearly only has eyes for the final, saying: "It's no extra motivation (facing his old club). Always the more motivation is to play the semi-final of the Champions League."

Ronaldo could once again be his undoing, however, and the in-form Portuguese star will no doubt be relishing a return to Manchester to face his old rivals.

Revenge still to come?

If all goes to plan, City should have captain Vincent Kompany back for the two legs, and he can give them a fighting chance against a Madrid side hoping to win their 11th Champions League.

Pellegrini is perhaps most relieved to have avoided an awkward encounter with his replacement Pep Guardiola. City and Bayern Munich have been kept apart in the semis, but that could, of course, mean they face each other in the final if both sides go through.

Guardiola accepted the City job mid-way through the season, and while Pellegrini has been widely commended for the dignity with which he handled the situation, he now has the chance to have the last laugh.

That, surely, is more cause for revenge than any.

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UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid
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Premier League
Cristiano Ronaldo
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