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Barcelona meets Gladiator

The film Pep Guardiola showed to the Barcelona players before they beat Manchester United in the Champions League final.

In the aftermath of last week’s Champions League final last Wednesday, it was revealed that Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola had showed his players an inspirational video ten minutes before kick-off to get them in the mood for their now famous 2-0 victory.

The film is essentially a Barca ‘greatest hits’ package that mixes images from Gladiator to the film’s soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, before being rounded off with a blast of the opera Turandot performed by Pavarotti.


According to reports, the film moved several of the players to tears and has been hailed as a masterstroke by the rookie manager who doesn’t actually appear in the movie.

Although given how dominant Manchester United were in the opening 10 minutes, maybe it took a while to sink in.

Last night it was shown on Catalonia’s public television channel TV3.

> BBC report on last week’s final
> Buy the Gladiator soundtrack at Amazon