Marcelo Bielsa: Leeds manager admits 'we've had all our rivals watched'


Bielsa said: "All the information I need to clarify the game against an opponent, I gather without having the necessity to have to watch the training session of the opponent".

In a news conference on Wednesday, Marcelo Bielsa admitted sending someone from the club to watch Derby's training ahead of the game at Elland Road on Friday.

Marcelo Bielsa isn't nicknamed "El Loco" for nothing.

But he struck a defiant tone, insisting: "What I've done is not illegal".

"One point I would like to talk about is that I am going to make it easy for the investigation of the league".

"My goal is to make this easier for the investigation".

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Leeds, who in their heyday were three-time winners of the English top flight as well as lifting the FA Cup and League Cup, have apologised to Derby and reminded Bielsa of the club's principles of "integrity and honesty". I already said I was responsible for this situation.

"By doing that I assume the possible sanction of the authorities".

"We feel guilty if we don't work enough, [watching opponents train] allows us to have less anxiety and in my case I am stupid enough to allow this kind of behaviour". It's not specified, it's not described.

It's really simple. It's probably a nice eye-opener for the fans to see it [the analysis] because most of these things are done behind closed doors. As I reach my conclusion, I gather information that I can obtain in another manner.

"Cheating is a big word, but if you talk about details and gaining an advantage, it's not just a toe, it's a hop, skip and jump as far as I'm concerned". Although not illegal, it is not necessarily the right thing to do.

What those invited members of the press did get was a coaching masterclass, with both an apology thrown in as well as a reiteration that he'd done nothing wrong - well nothing that broke any legal guidelines. I don't think there is a specific rule that has been broken, I do not know what needs to be done, that's not for me to decide.