Derby County: Leeds United contacted over training ground 'spy'

Silvia Morton
January 12, 2019

"It doesn't matter if this is legal or illegal, right or wrong. for me it's enough that Frank Lampard and Derby County were unhappy, to show that I didn't behave well".

Bielsa spoke to Lampard over the phone to accept full responsibility for the incident but the former England midfielder was still unhappy with the pre-match distraction after goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison secured Leeds a welcome win.

The ex-Argentina boss said before the game that he had apologised to Derby boss Frank Lampard, and added that he had used that type of practice "since the qualifiers for the World Cup with Argentina". I have a different point of view on it but the important thing is what Frank and Derby think.I am responsible for it because I didn't ask for permission to do it.

"All managers are proud of what they do on the training ground".

"That's good. He said the same to me, so I'm pleased", said the Derby manager.

"He's admitted it, so I don't think there'll be any further action but we had a guy in the bushes before we played Leeds earlier this season and we lost 4-1". "There is nothing wrong to try to find information and know a bit more about what the opponents are doing".

"It's not illegal, we've done it publicly: some people question it, others don't".

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Despite the unsporting act, Bielsa is unlikely to face punishment from the club and lose his job.

'If somebody wants to say that's not relevant and that won't affect the game, then I think that if tactics aren't relevant and how you prepare than that means Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp, all the great managers, then they are just lucky.

"The club is now in discussion with Leeds United club officials in relation to this incident".

"It is, of course, up to Derby County as to how they progress this matter but as of yet we have received no complaint or contact from the club". If we are going to talk about culturally and say I did it somewhere else and it's fine, I don't believe that. It's disrupted our preparations.

'The fact that Harry Wilson wasn't training would have become very evident.

Derby are now eight points behind Leeds ahead of Friday night's match, and lost the corresponding fixture at the start of the season 4-1 at Pride Park.

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