You know more than me! Bielsa’s Barcelona research surprised Guardiola

Derby County complained to the EFL that Bielsa sent a spy to their training ground before they visited the Yorkshire club in a Championship (second-tier) clash on Friday.

Bielsa said: "Many people have made an opinion on my behaviour".

It appears that Bielsa's argument is that he spies on opposition teams in order to confirm his own team's extensive analysis on them, though that doesn't really make the act any more ethical.

Bielsa said, per Daily Record: "I have called this because tomorrow we have the classic press briefing and I thought the spy matter would take up time I want to dedicate to the game".

'I don't need to go to watch a training session of an opponent to know how the opponent plays, ' he explained.

"Regarding what I have done, what I have done is not illegal".

"It's probably a nice eye-opener for the fan to see it because most of these things are done behind closed doors".

"It is all over with and I think that is why Marcelo did the conference yesterday to put it all to bed".

Leeds are now top of the EFL Championship, England's second division.

But Lampard, whose Derby side overcame Southampton on penalties in their FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday night, was not buying Bielsa's excuse.

Bielsa said: "I am going to make it easier for EFL investigation". I'm certainly someone who believes in fair play and respect.

"I can understand why he's doing it". Although not illegal, it is not necessarily the right thing to do. We can not justify it as Lampard said. "I felt for Frank of course but it is what it is".

Using a PowerPoint presentation, Bielsa offered a detailed insight into the painstaking levels of research which he and his backroom staff undertake in their analysis of every rival side, player and formation - to produce an exhaustive database on all opponents. We watched all the training sessions before we played them. So I have to adapt to the rules that are linked to the habits of English football. The analysis of each game takes four hours of work - why did we do that?

To the journalists assembled Bielsa demonstrated in matches picked out by them how Derby lined up and the tactics they employed, going into detail about how this information was analysed.

Smith added: "It'd very tough for him to spy on us here, I have to show my passport whenever I go through security!"

  • Angelo Rivera