Marcelo Bielsa is in the center of the spotlight of England, even playing the second division of the country. That’s because the Leeds United manager admitted that he spied the training of all 23 other Championship teams as part of his preparation for the games. Bielsa called the press on Wednesday (16) to talk about his preparation for the matches. Frank Lampard, Derby County’s manager, did not swallow the Argentine’s explanation that he did not know that this practice was not correct in England.
“Now it’s a league problem, because it’s the league, it’s every team, so it’s up to them to decide what’s going to happen now.” [Bielsa] showed who he is, I do not see Guardiola do that, I do not see Jürgen Klopp do this, neither Pochettino. They do behind closed doors, but do not do it in public, ” said the former Chelsea player.
The whole story began just before the match between Leeds United and Derby County on Friday (11). During the training of Lampard’s team, a suspicious person was noticed watching the session and soon discovered that it was an employee of Leeds infiltrated. Bielsa admitted that he sent the spy “without asking permission from Leeds” and said that the responsibility was all his own.
On Wednesday (16), at a press conference a day before the traditional pre-game news conference, Bielsa admitted to having done the same thing with all teams and declared that he did not know that it was not well seen in England.
“All the information I need, I collect without attending the training session of the opponent, so ‘why did I send someone to watch?’ Because I did not think I was breaking the rules, I gathered information that I can get in other ways,” said Bielsa .
Lampard said that this is done everywhere and that the public fact serves to show fans how it happens.
“It’s probably a good way to open the eyes of fans, because most of these things are done behind closed doors. They’re made everywhere, so there’s no surprise to those who work in football,” Frank said.