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The issue of "Spygate" was first raised ahead of Derby County's visit to Elland Road last Friday when a Leeds employee was caught outside the Rams' training ground.

Derby boss Frank Lampard said before Friday's loss that the incident had disrupted his side's preparations, but wouldn't blame the loss on it.

"I observed all the rivals we played against and watched the training sessions of all our opponents before we played against them".

If that wasn't weird enough, Bielsa then proceeded to call a press conference. It's not illegal. But to be honest, I never thought of doing it [when I was a manager].

"I think it's been unannounced that scouts have been going to watch peoples' training so I think he knows it's not really legal over here".

"I wouldn't say I applaud him, it's wrong isn't it, he shouldn't do it, but at the same time I think he's trying to do the best for Leeds United".

"When I was a coach of Athletic Bilbao we played Barcelona in [the Copa del Rey] final and we lost 3-0", said Bielsa.

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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. As [Frank] Lampard said he doesn't believe I didn't have bad intentions. I did it because it was not illegal or violating a specific law.

"We watch all the games of 2018-19 of each opponent", he said. My goal is to make the investigation easier.

"I think the percentage of increasing your chances of winning by doing that are very, very small". He also said he was "ashamed", but only because he had to reveal the information, yet also claimed that the spying was "absolutely not necessary". It does not define the path of the competition.

"When you go to watch a training session of the opponent, you get this information the day before a game or you confirm the information you already have".

"The analysis of each game takes four hours of work". I haven't seen Pep Guardiola give that.

"I don't think it's normal practice in this country and I don't think it's sportsmanlike behaviour".

Bielsa, who replaced the sacked Paul Heckingbottom at the start of the season, has been a revelation at Leeds with his attractive brand of pass and move football.

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