Lampard reacts to Leeds boss Bielsa’s extraordinary spying admission

Date published: Thursday 17th January 2019 7:55 - Rob McCarthy

Frank Lampard believes the Premier League’s top managers would not behave like Marcelo Bielsa as the spying row between Leeds and Derby rumbled on.

Leeds head coach Bielsa gave a lengthy presentation to journalists on Wednesday while making the frank admission that he had “observed all the rivals” in training sessions prior to playing them in the Sky Bet Championship this season.

It comes after a staff member of Leeds was caught by police at the Derby training ground attempting to gain information ahead of last Friday night’s fixture, which Leeds subsequently won 2-0, and prompted accusations of spying.

Rams boss Lampard, who has been critical of the Argentinian, does not believe the likes of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham would conduct themselves in such a manner.

Speaking after Derby’s FA Cup third-round replay win at Southampton, Lampard began his press conference by jokingly saying: “Ready for my presentation, everyone? We do analysis, too.”

during the FA Cup Third Round match between Derby County and Southampton at Pride Park on January 5, 2019 in Derby, United Kingdom.

He continued: “I haven’t seen it (Bielsa’s presentation), I’ve heard about it obviously.

“It’s certainly a league issue now. It’s our league, it’s every team, so it’s up to them to decide what goes on from now.

“He gave an impression of himself. I haven’t seen Pep Guardiola give that, I haven’t seen Jurgen Klopp give that, Pochettino give that. They do it behind closed doors, definitely. But they don’t do it to the public.

“It’s probably a nice eye-opener for the fan to see it, because most of these things are done behind closed doors. They’re done everywhere. There’s no amazement from anyone who works in football, they won’t be amazed in the slightest. It’s par for the course.

“I’m surprised definitely. It’s incredible.”


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