Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United beat Derby County to move five points clear at the top of the Championship.
Derby County manager Frank Lampard described Marcelo Bielsa’s pre-match conduct as “unethical” after Leeds United beat the Rams to go five points clear at the top of the Championship.
Whites boss Bielsa admitted sending a member of his staff to watch Derby train on Thursday, a story that dominated the build-up to the game and one the Football Association is now investigating.
Kemar Roofe’s near-post flick and Jack Harrison’s tap-in gave the dominant hosts victory in a predictably frantic and feisty contest at Elland Road.
Lampard refused to use the pre-match ‘spygate’ saga as an excuse for his side’s performance – but said “it has to be dealt with”.
“For me, it’s not right,” he told BBC Radio 5 live. “I’m a big fan from afar of Bielsa, I’ve got his book at home in my front room, but that’s slightly clouded it for me today.
“I’ve never heard of going to a training ground on your hands and knees with pliers trying to break into private land to watch.
“But I don’t attribute our performance to it because that’s on us.”