Pep Guardiola Reveals Wife And Children Were Caught In Manchester Arena Attack
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has opened up about the terrifying moment he lost contact with his family during the bomb attack on Manchester Arena, which claimed 22 lives in 2017.
The hour-long chat for the BBC with football expert Guillem Balague, saw the Catalan coach admit the May 22 attack was a defining moment for him and his family, who were there that night.
He said: "When the attack happened, I was at home with my son, and my wife and daughters were there. At the end we were lucky. Many people suffered, and we were lucky.
"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 then the line broke.
"We tried to call her again but it didn't work, and after 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 father-of-three also discussed his love of music and chose tracks which have featured at significant points of his from Elton John to The Eagles, and Frank Sinatra.
But the 47-year-old said the iconic Oasis track 'Don't Look Back In Anger' will now always have a special place in his heart.
"I love this song. It is incredible. It puts me in the best of myself when I listen - it's a masterpiece", he told the Spanish reporter.
Pep said: "We sing with the staff, every time we go out we always sing this song together. I love it.
"I like that, after what happened in Manchester at the arena, now it is a song for the people.
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"That moment on Youtube where everyone is in silence and one woman starts to sing and everyone starts to sing.
"When things like this happen they show the best of us.
"That is a moment, a moment so so touchable for my family and myself."
Following on from the trauma of that night, the Champions League winner went on to lead the blue half of the city to an historic season, claiming the league and cup double, with a record number of goals, wins, and points.
And after everything he has been through with the club and the city, he admitted: "I am sorry, I will be a Mancunian for the rest of my life.
"I will be a Manchester City fan and it will not be possible to train another team like Manchester City in England because I feel love from the people here."
The full interview is on BBC Radio 5live at 7pm on October 25, or online here.