Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has chosen six songs that have shaped key moments in his life, which you can now listen to in a playlist put together by Shoot Music on Spotify.
The 47-year old spoke about the tracks and what they meant to him in an exclusive interview with renowned Spanish journalist Guillem Balague for BBC Radio 5Live.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach also spoke at length about his upbringing and his family, along with other topics such as the impact his time in charge at Manchester has had on him and his mentor Johan Cruyff.
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The first track selected by Guardiola was ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ by City fanatics Oasis. It took him back to the aftermath Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017, which his wife and two daughters were caught up in.
He recalls the song being sung after a minutes silence was held in the City three days after the attack, “…after what happened in Manchester at the arena, now it is a song for the people, you know?
“That is a moment, it was so touching for my family and for myself.”
‘The Healing Day’ by Bill Fay transports him back to his Manchester home, where he can relax and take time away , whilst ‘Fiesta’ by Joan Manuel Serrat provides him with a slice of Catalunya and the Spanish region’s annual Sant Joan party that he celebrated during the summer break from the Barcelona academy.
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Another Catalan singer on the playlist is someone Pep regards as an inspiration, Lluis Llach. Guardiola says Llach’s ‘Amor Particular’ is “one of the best love songs I have heard in my life.” adding that “when I meet English people, I would like to translate this song [for them]. This is a real, real song.
During the period between leaving the Nou Camp and joining Bayern, Guardiola took a year out from football, relocating with his family to New York City. He has a real affinity the Big Apple, and this is represented by Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’.
The final track on the playlist is from an artist who Pep has had the chance to meet during his two years at City, Pop icon and Watford fan and the club’s Honorary Life-President Sir Elton John.
One of his dreams is to see the singer and composer perform live, with ‘Your Song’ being his favourite track from the 71-year old’s back catalogue, “I first heard it was when I was 18 or 19 and started to play in Barcelona, I remember a lot of songs from that period in my life.
“I met him when we played Watford at the end of last season and it was a huge pleasure. If he has organised a concert here, please, I will be there.”
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