Mu­sic a sooth­ing Oa­sis for Guardiola

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Sports - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LON­DON — The bal­lad Don’t Look Back In Anger by Manch­ester band Oa­sis has be­come the city’s un­of­fi­cial an­them since last year’s ter­ror at­tack, and is one that has had a pow­er­ful im­pact on Manch­ester City man­ager Pep Guardiola.

The 47-year-old Spa­niard’s wife and daugh­ters es­caped un­harmed from the bomb­ing at an Ari­ana Grande con­cert at Manch­ester Arena in May last year, which left 22 dead.

Guardiola said in a widerang­ing week­end in­ter­view that he and his fam­ily sing it in uni­son when they go out to­gether.

“I like that, af­ter what hap­pened in Manch­ester at the arena, now it is a song for the peo­ple, you know? “Guardiola told the BBC web­site.

“Like in the video when ev­ery­one is in si­lence and one woman starts to sing the song and ev­ery­body sings, that is a mo­ment, it was so touch­ing for my fam­ily and for my­self. to see that.”

Guardiola said the song “puts me in the best of my­self when I lis­ten to it — it’s re­ally a mas­ter­piece”.

On the night of the at­tack, Guardiola and his son did not at­tend the con­cert, but en­dured some ner­vous mo­ments when they could not con­tact the rest of the fam­ily.

“At the end we were lucky,” he said. “Many peo­ple suf­fered, but we were lucky. Life is like this. We were in a bet­ter po­si­tion than many un­for­tu­nate ones.”

‘It’s about hu­man­ity’

Guardiola listed five other songs that res­onate with him — two from his beloved Cat­alo­nia, in­clud­ing the 1970 song Fi­esta by Joan Manuel Ser­rat.

“I was not a guy who went to a lot of par­ties. At 13 years old I was go­ing to Barcelona’s academy,” he said.

“In the sum­mer, when school was fin­ished, ev­ery­one would go to the Sant Joan party and it’s a song that re­minds me a lot of my lit­tle town of Santpe­dor when I was young.”

Guardiola also named El­ton John’s Your Song and Frank Si­na­tra’s Ole Blue Eyes and New York, New York — the city where the Spa­niard spent time dur­ing the sab­bat­i­cal that fol­lowed his hugely suc­cess­ful spell in charge of Barcelona.

“Si­na­tra was a fighter; he had work ethic, not just the tal­ent,” he said.

Guardiola also re­vealed he had to fight when he was in New York to learn Ger­man ahead of be­com­ing head coach of Bay­ern Mu­nich.

“It is so com­pli­cated to learn,” said Guardiola. “Three or four hours a day with the gram­mar. Af­ter two months I thought: I’m go­ing to call and break the con­tract.

“It is so com­pli­cated, even for Ger­man kids to learn. Can you imag­ine for a 41-year-old man? But I am stub­born.”

FILE PHOTO

Manch­ester City man­ager Pep Guardiola’s wife and two daugh­ters sur­vived last year’s ter­ror at­tack at Manch­ester Arena, which claimed 22 lives. Guardiola and the cou­ple’s son did not at­tend the show.

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