Pep Guardiola has already established his legacy in the glorious history of football as one of the most innovative managers. He devised the ‘tiki-taka’ brand of football, which revolutionized modern football and made Barcelona one of the most stylish and sophisticated sides in the history of the game.
He carried over this success in the German Bundesliga with Bayern Munich and his Manchester City side now stand on the verge of establishing a dominance on the English game.
Guardiola is pretty intense, often maniacal on the touchline which has given the impression to everyone that the Catalan thinks about the game 24/7.
But in a wide-ranging interview with journalist Guillem Balague for the BBC, Guardiola opened up on the other aspect of his life, which is dominated by his love for music.
Speaking on how his love for music and the radio knew no bounds, Guardiola said:
“When I’m at home always the music is there. I love the radio, I’m a big fan. In Barcelona when I went to work I always listened to politicians’ programmes in the mornings. I love it. The radio brings you to another place. You can imagine the faces, the voices. I love it. One day I would like to work in radio.
Sometimes you remember an amazing part of your life, periods of your life. Music is part of the culture.
How many things have changed in the world through music? It’s part of our lives. My kids, my daughters and son they laugh because they listen to music I could not listen to.
They understand completely the lyrictrts, I don’t even understand any of the words – the rap, it’s incredible.”
Such is the influence of music on Guardiola’s life that one of his dreams before he leaves England, is to attend a concert by legendary performer Sir Elton John.
“One of my dreams before leaving this country is to have a concert from Elton John, especially this song. 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.”
A side of Pep Guardiola which you have never seen before!