Pellegrini said: "No, it was not revenge. We didn't want to lose two games against Chelsea here at home.
"Today the team played very well in all senses.
"It was very important for our team not to play against Sunderland, as this team played 18 games in the last two months and we were not fresh.
"That is why we were a little down in our performance against Chelsea and Norwich but working again on Thursday and Friday I saw the team was fresh and I was absolutely sure we were going to have a very good game."
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