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Marcelo Bielsa FULL TRANSCRIPT: All 3,000 words from Leeds manager's 70 minute press conference

Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that he has spent the entire season spying on all of Leeds United's opponents.

Bielsa made the revelation at a hastily-arranged press conference at Leeds' Thorp Arch training ground – called by the Argentine himself.

The Elland Road chief was elected to give his take on 'Spygate', as the EFL investigates his Methods.

Bielsa confessed to spying on Derby was caught at the Rams' training ground on Thursday – little more than 24 hours before the Championship leaders beat Frank Lampard's page 2-0 at Elland Road.

On Wednesday, the Argentine discussed his methods for over an hour, showing those in attendance the meticulous detail which has helped propel Leeds to the top of the championship this season.

He insists it does not give him an unfair advantage .

Here's everything he had to say ….


I have called this because tomorrow we have the classic press briefing and I thought the matter would take up time I want to dedicate to the game.

My goal regarding this situation, of which I am the only one responsible – I wouldn't like to mix it with the games and the play.

And if you allow me i would like to make a summary of what happened.

It's about watching from a public space and activity that is realized in a private space without the agreement with the goal of both gaining sports advantage and hurting the fair play 02] I already said I was the only one responsible for this situation. The club is not responsible whatsoever and nobody on my staff is responsible for it.

The person who did that followed my orders and I was the only one responsible.

Many people made an opinion on my behavior. Many expressing, condemning the behavior, saying it was not ethical, that it was immoral; that it was violating or affecting fair play. That it was cheating.

This club thought it was obligatory to present public excuses to Derby County.

Many managers, ex-footballers and footballers

Many executives, ex-footballers and footballers thought my behavior was disrespectful. The last point of this situation is that the league after a complaint made by Derby County decided to open an investigation on my behavior. So they will evaluate if I behaved bad and if my behavior affected the prestige of the club or the league.

One other point I would like to talk about is that I'm going to make it easier for the investigation of the league

I'm going to give the information it needs and I actually know that my behavior is heard from the most extreme position.

we watched all the training sessions of the opponents before we played against the.

My goal is to make the investigation easier and I don't think that what I'm saying right now is going to make anything that they are looking for worse.

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

I don't want to compare my behavior with previous behaviors regarding the subject. I've heard there are other behaviors that affect fair play but I don't want to defend myself by attacking others.

Bielsa took full responsibility

Regarding what I've done, it's not illegal. It's not specified, it's not described. We can talk about it, but it's not a violation of the law.

I know that not everything that is legal is not right to do. You have many things that are legal, but not right. This is the fact that all the wrong things are not done with bad intention. Those who behave, regarding the subject we talk about, getting information, advantages with what is called cheating behavior. That is why I repeat again, it's not because it's legal that it's the right thing to do.

And it's not because you have a wrong behavior, that you have bad intentions, or the intention to cheat.

Of course if you observe something without authorization of the person involved we call this spying.

What I was trying to explain was not bad intentions and I didn't try to get an unfair sporting advantage. I did it because it was not illegal and not violating a specific norm. You have norms that are linked to habits, you have norms that are linked to social condemnation and you have norms linked to what the law says. Of course if you observe something without authorization of the person involved we call this spying. I can't say this is the right thing to do but explain to explain I didn't have bad intentions. When Frank Lampard said, he does not believe that I have bad intentions

Frank Lampard

He believes I am violated the fair play spirit. So I have to adapt to the rules that are linked to English football. Nobody ignores that all professional members of football want to work in English football.

We have some conclusions, we have some analysis that says the Championship is the 6th biggest competition in the world. With very strong arguments.

I have to adapt to the rules linked to the habits of English football.

I want to protect the Championship, condemning those who have with bad intentions or affect the prestige of the league. we have to respect the sanctions against those who make mistakes.

I don't like being in the media too much but think it's important to give this information: When you watch an opponent you are looking for the starting 11, the tactics , the approach on set pieces. These are the three main axis that the coach analyzes.

When you watch the activity of the opponent, you get this kind of information the day before you confirm the information you already have. Obviously it does not allow you to build a project which allows you to analyze the game. This is not the norm.

I repeat again: I'm not trying to justify my behavior. As Lampard said, such behavior cannot be justified. And that he does not accept the explanation.

And he said the information allowed him to know how to train a team abroad one day. He wanted to say I should have information about what was the impact of my behavior.

All the information I need to clarify, I gather it without watching the training session of the opponent.

So why did I send someone to watch them?

"Just because I thought I wasn't violating the norm. I gathered information that I can get in another way.

" I would like to explain how the brain of a head coach works, or at least those who work like me. Apart from the players in a club you have around 20 staff members.

"These 20 people create a volume of information. Absolutely not necessary. And it doesn't define the path of the competition.

" So why do we do that?

"Because we feel like we don't work enough. Because we don't have too much anxiety.

" And we think that by gathering information we feel we get closer to a win. In my case, it's because I'm stupid enough to allow myself this kind of behavior. "

In a few words I will tell you what is not easy to explain, [it] is how we analyze each opponent without having

When I say that I know that people laugh at you when you create this much data.

19659002] You can make a caricature of the one who is saying that I am good at giving others the opportunity to characterize myself. * AT THIS POINT BIELSA LOADED UP HIS POWERPOINT * Of each opponent we watched all of the games form the 2017-18 season. The 51 games of Derby County. takes four hours of work.

Why did we do that? Because we think this is professional behavior


This is the analysis of that game. Both starting teams.

[NUMBER12MANUNITEDVSDERBYSAYSANOTHER* [19659002] I'm trying to tell you what I said is true. This is the same analysis. We watch the players in the 51 games, those who are still playing for Derby County.

The other thing we do is point out the chances to score, the half chances to score and which team dominates every five minutes. That's why it takes four hours to analyze each game. This is not very useful.

It doesn't make you better conditions to win a game. But the way to respect the way football receives you is to make the effort know the players and the teams.

I can't speak, but I can speak about the 24 teams of the championship.

Kemar Roofe has starred this season

The only goal of this is to see the positions of the players still in Derby from last year.

We also do video analysis where we register the goals, chances, and thats why it takes four hours to analyze the game. It is a process that can be used to know the opponent.

This document allows us to know if one player has missed some games, if another has played or missed games. We see for example, we played against us then not anymore and we can express all these parameters with this graphic.

Let's play about the analysis that Derby played this season.

They played 31 games. 49% they used a 4-3-3 system with No.8 [Mason Mount] on the right. In 22% a 4-3-3- but with the No.8 on the left. Same for the 4-2-1-3, with the No.8 on the right and left.

They also used structures, 3%, 2%, but they're not significant.

Mason Mount shoots against Leeds

These structures give you fixed priorities and we here have the minutes and the games to understand why Derby changes the system and when. If they change the system to a result or to try to score.

We also analyze if the changes are to give an offensive profile to the team or to give defensive strength. And if these changes work or not.

We also gather this kind of information. The structures Derby play against.

Why do we look at this? THe idea is to try and see what is the most difficult structure for them to face?

I would like to explain that all this information, you do not memorize it. All the information that this report has respected to the questions I have asked myself for the last 30 years.

If you ask me the most difficult system for Derby to play against, I don't have it in my mind. I can ask and look at the document.

I know I have the answer. We gather all this information from the 31 games.

Bielsa and his powerpoint presentation

Give me a number please. I'm doing this because I think you don't believe me. I need to give you factual elements to tell you the truth

Give me a number of I'll carry one.


This is the tactical analysis. This is the document. Have a look. The analysis of chances, goals, domination. We see in each segment or 5 minutes, who dominates and if they create chances.

Now lets have a look at the video of this game. We know what this player will do when he raises both hands. I know that and so do all the championship head coaches.

This same game, in order to make our players understand it, we put the name of each player – a player cannot watch more than 10 or 15 minutes. If you are a player with the rival's name, you cannot analyze each player.


As you can see, you have 40 minutes of offensive action from Derby from 31 games. When you see 41 minutes of attack, you see the path for the opponent to attack.

And if you do the same thing analyzing what were considered by Derby County, you see the defensive weaknesses that they do. Our goal is to sum up in seven or eight minutes to show the player how to attack Derby.

We also make a seven or eight minutes video showing the defensive weaknesses.

The goal of this analysis is to allow our players We have an idea of ​​the opponent in 15 minutes.

We know Derby for 90% of the game use four systems. Here we have a table where we see each of these four systems. We see who plays in the 4-3-3. In red we have the usual starters and the second players are the subs and the third or fourth players play less.

If you want to have synthesis of the 31 games of Derby, we have them in this document.

the fifth system we use, we also have this document. This is another way to see the same information on this document.


Now let's look at the tactical analysis. These are the players who play in different positions. These are the four basic systems.

Lets look at each player

He played 1,772 minutes as a left-back and 70 minutes as a left winger.

This player played as a left offensive midfielder, as a No.8 on the left and on the right, on No.4 on the center right, as left winger and as winger-midfielder on the right. With this info we know his main positions are the first three.

Another player. Wilson. He plays as a right and left winger and as an offensive midfielder on the left.

Derby's Harry Wilson

This document allows us to understand the question we have These are the goalkeepers, the right-backs, the left-backs.

This is the center-back on the right and on the left. We do this for each position. We analysis each position

Let's look at the wingers.

Against Derby, Alioski played as a left-back. So who could play against him? No.20, 11, 7 and the player who played the game at the end of the day, actually played the game.

So this is No.9, plays on the left and on the right.

* AT THIS POINT ONE JOURNALIST APOLOGISES AND HAS TO LEAVE * To sum up, these are the players and we have the position which they played. These are the players that were at Derby last year, the left-footed players and it was easier to just focus on the left.

We gather information for the systems, we analyze to see which player goes in which system.

So, why do I go

Because it's not forbidden, I didn't know it would be such a reaction and even though going and watching an opponent is not useful, it allows me to keep my anxiety low.

I'm going to tell you a story. When I was Bilbao coach, we played the final against Barcelona, ​​who won 3-0.

They were generous with us because after the third goal they stopped playing. I was very sad to lose this game. When the game finished I sent to Guardiola, this analysis as a gift expressing my admiration for him.

He told me you know more about Barcelona than me. '

But it was useless because they scored three goals against us .

Ex-Barca boss Pep Guardiola

Half of the goals we are conceded from set pieces; if the spying was effective, we would have found a solution on this subject.

This is this season, this for last season. This is for the friendlies. We went to watch the opponent

What I want to tell you is that I want to be judged for my intentions. I don't need the information I gather.

In my eyes, I feel I am innocent. I'm not trying to get a moral advantage. I do not have bad intentions. Is this right? No, I don't say that.

But we have to analyze the behaviors, taking into account the intentions of the person behaving this way.

The other thing we're going to see is what we do to analysis the strategic play of the opponent.


We will try to see each picture all the free-kicks Derby made before. Each ball in set pieces, we show like this. Each one.


Is this useful?

Bielsa shows the ludicrous detail


We know if they made 184 corners, 33 were dangerous, we know quantitative data. We try to find weaknesses of the goalkeeper. Where we can press. The players know about the opponent.


To conclude, if we're going to play Stoke, it's hard because they have a new head coach who has played just three games.

So what did we do ? We analyze the 26 games we used with Luton and we analyzed the tactical structures he used.

I would like to be with the maximum humility.

I give this explanation to make you understand why I think I am not cheating , by doing something that is not illegal. I know I'm not trying to get an advantage. I already have the information.

Because I think I'm stupid.

I thank you for your patience.

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