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Guardiola’s love for Oasis song rooted in terrifying experience

Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Noel Gallagher speaks to Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City on the pitch after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at Etihad Stadium on May 6, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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The headline, and we’re paraphrasing, “Pep Guardiola’s six top songs” screams Thursday about as well as any, but there’s an intense story inside of Guardiola’s tale of why he loves Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger.”

And before you leap to the conclusion that of course it is, being that it’s one of the most singable songs in the modern history of the world, read on.

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The Manchester City boss says it puts him “in the best of myself” when he hears the song, which has taken on added significance following a suicide bomber’s attack outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that killed 22 people and injured 67 more.

When the attack happened, I was at home with my son, and my wife and daughters were there - they were at the arena.

She called me but the line broke immediately. She told me “something happened and we are running but I don’t know what happened” and the line broke. We tried to call her again and it didn’t work; we went to the the arena and after five or six minutes she rang again and said: “We are out, we’re coming back home.”


The Oasis song then was sang around the globe as a way to show unity with the victims and Manchester.

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