Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists “I have no scores to settle with anyone” from Real Madrid ahead of facing his former club on Tuesday.
Pellegrini guided Madrid to their then-record points tally in La Liga during the 2009-10 campaign – the first of Florentino Perez’s second term as President – yet he was sacked that summer for failing to win the title and guide Los Blancos beyond the Champions League last 16.
Despite having faced Los Blancos already as Coach of Malaga, the 62-year-old is preparing for his biggest duel with Los Blancos in the semi-finals of Europe’s elite club competition, but he made it clear he was not out for revenge.
“[Madrid] were indeed the opponents we wanted but if we had been drawn Atletico Madrid or Bayern [Munich, we’d have treated [the tie] exactly the same,” he told AS.
“Any of the three pose the same degree of difficulty and it’s always important to face a team of Real Madrid’s calibre.
“[On the idea of revenge against Madrid], I have no scores to settle with anyone [from Madrid].
“I have nothing against Florentino Perez nor the directors of Real Madrid.
“I was fortunate to lead this great club during a season where maybe the conditions weren’t the best.
“Still, we achieved the best League campaign in Real Madrid’s history [at the time].
“For me, I’ve always been proud of managing Real Madrid and I have no revenge against anyone.”