Music an Oasis for Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola

first_imgGuardiola said in a wide-ranging interview — topics included his thoughts on the refugee crisis — 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.”Guardiola admits the song “puts me in the best of myself when I listen — it’s 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, and we were lucky. Life is like this. We were in a better position than many unfortunate ones.”– ‘It’s about humanity’ –Not looking back in anger: Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola. © AFP / GENYA SAVILOVGuardiola lists five other songs which 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 ‘Ole Blue Eyes’, as well as Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York New York’, 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 reveals he, too, had to fight when he was in New York, to learn German ahead of taking up the head coaching role at Bayern Munich.“It is so complicated to learn,” said Guardiola.“Three or four hours a day in the morning 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.”Guardiola’s colleagues — save perhaps Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp — are renowned for not being too aware of what is going on in the outside world, but it is not an accusation one can level at the Spaniard.Guardiola is horrified at the attitude of governments such as in Italy who are refusing to take in refugees contrasting it with the welcome those fleeing the Spanish Civil War received © AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKIHe has strong thoughts on the refugee crisis, drawing a parallel with the Spanish Civil War and how doors abroad that were opened to those who fled it are now closed.“All around the Mediterranean people are dying and the governments in Italy, Spain, it is not allowed for the people to rescue the people who are dying.,” he said.“I don’t know what kind of society we are going to do because it’s not about the law, it’s about humanity.“If there are people dying and heroes going in with open arms to rescue them, and the governments don’t let them do that, it’s because we are going really, really bad.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Don’t Look Back In Anger the song adopted by Manchester in the wake of the 2017 terror attack which left 22 dead resonates with Pep Guardiola whose wife and daughters were at the Ariana Grande concert © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 25 – ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ by Manchester band Oasis has become the city’s 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 the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in May last year which left 22 dead.last_img read more

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How did Cristiano Ronaldo fare on his Serie A debut for Juventus?

first_img 3 NEW ERA Latest Football News Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more gameday Ronaldo showed flashes of petulance, but was desperate to help his new teammates impact England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3 ALTERED With his former side suffering a crushing defeat in the European Super Cup to neighbours Atletico Madrid, spectators around the globe were eagerly waiting to see how the 33-year-old fared with his new side.So how did he get on?Check out the scouting report of Cristiano Ronaldo below.BODY LANGUAGERonaldo was all smiles as he walked out with a young girl mascot, doing some quick squat jumps as he took to the pitch. There were, though, times when he showed some frustration, notably after Chievo had equalised and then taken the lead early in the second half. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes The introduction of first Federico Bernardeschi, who would score the winning goal, and then Mandzukic said much about the need for Juve still to find the way to get the best out of their new talisman.FINISHINGWhile Ronaldo was not able to mark his Juve debut with a goal, it was not for the want of trying. The first real opening came on 19 minutes, when he dragged a shot wide from just inside the penalty area after being picked out by Paulo Dybala. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade highlights center_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal silverware 3 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack More opportunities came as the game opened up, including a neat shot on the turn and trademark free-kick, which flew in at an angle from the left, but both times Ronaldo found Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino in top form. However, the Portugal forward quickly regained focus – as he always did for Los Blancos. It looked as though Ronaldo would endure more disappointment after eventually being penalised in the build-up to Mario Mandzukic’s late header after a Video Assistant Referee review. The final whistle, however, brought jubilant celebrations with the rest of his team-mates after a hard-earned victory.LINK-UP PLAYJuve boss Massimiliano Allegri deployed Ronaldo as an out-and-out central striker, while looking to bring others into the match. Ronaldo made his Serie A debut wearing his favoured No.7 Juve fans will have to wait for Ronaldo’s first Serie A goal Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Cristiano Ronaldo’s Serie A debut for Juventus ended in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Chievo, courtesy of a stoppage-time goal from substitute Federico Bernardeschi.All eyes were on the Portugal captain following his £99million summer transfer from Real Madrid – but it needed a team effort from the defending champions to secure three points in Verona. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? possible standings last_img read more

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