Manchester City have four unavailable for Shakhtar test

Both Pep Guardiola and Vincent Kompany have praised the versatile nature of the other defenders in Manchester City's backline. Getty Images

Both Pep Guardiola and Vincent Kompany have praised the versatile nature of the other defenders in Manchester City's backline. Getty Images

The Manchester City manager Guardiola discusses the music that he listens to escape from the pressures of football in an interview with the BBC, and has named the following songs as important to him with the Oasis song Don't Look Back in Anger particularly relevant to him after his wife and daughter were caught up in the horrific Manchester Arena attack a year ago.

The Spanish tactician led the Manchester outfit to the Premier League title last season in remarkable fashion, setting a points and goals record, as well an unprecedented 19-point distance between first and second place.

"Our first half was the best first-half performance we have played in the last three seasons", Guardiola said.

The Manchester City manager received a frantic phone call from wife Cristina, who, along with daughters Valentina and Maria, was at the Ariana Grande concert that was targeted by a suicide bomber in May 2017.

"I was at home with my son and my wife and daughters were there", Guardiola said.

"She called me but the line broke immediately". Sometimes you are doing something well and you say OK, if we continue that way it will start to go bad.

"It will not be possible to train another team in England like Manchester City, because I feel loved from the people here". I like to do it better, to make a better club so they can believe that we are strong enough to do better things.

"He helped me to understand and love the game, he gave us secrets because there were things that no-one else could see, "Guardiola eulogised".

"If you don't try to be creative and don't ask why do we have to do that, why not another way, then humanity doesn't exist anymore".

Guardiola said he hoped Walker would be able to play against Shakhtar, adding that he had not wanted to "take a risk" by using him against Burnley.

Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, meanwhile, who City signed from Shakhtar five years ago, said: 'We came here and to see so many familiar faces and friends; I'm so glad to come back here.

"I love this song. We only lost the Lyon game so we've been fine, but to be honest I didn't expect anything less". "We were in a better position than many unfortunate ones". We should have scored more but to go away with 3-0 victory is good.

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