Marcelo Bielsa insists Spygate has not soured his relationship with Frank Lampard.
Bielsa claims he does not have a bad relationship with Lampard, even though he was furious when a Leeds intern was caught spying on his training sessions with Derby in January 2019.
The Leeds boss faces Lampard for the first time since Spygate in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge tomorrow and says he has moved on.
“It’s not bad and the relationship I have with him is similar to the ones I have with the rest of my colleagues,” said Bielsa.
“It was resolved by the authorities at the time, how these actions need to be punished. They were analysed by people who needed to analyse them.”
Bielsa insisted on paying Leeds’ £200,000 fine and says he has not tried to spy on anyone since.
“I know the spirit of English football and the punishment I received according to what the authorities deemed,” said the Argentinian.
“This indicates to me that it shouldn’t be repeated and this is an aspect that can be deemed as something I learned.”
Instead of snooping on Chelsea, Bielsa and his staff have analysed all of their games this season and Bielsa feels he knows everything about the Blues.
“As the competition goes on and there have been 10 games now, all the managers become knowledgeable about all the other teams,” he said.
“Every manager in the Premier League can talk fundamentally about all the other 19 teams in the Premier League.”
Chelsea are just two points behind Premier League leaders Tottenham and Bielsa is impressed by Lampard’s progress this season.
“Frank Lampard, during last season he developed a lot of players that were already at the club and this season he has improved his team by choosing players for the positions he deemed he needed,” he said.
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