Frank Lampard insists he’d ‘rather dwell on the respect he has for Marcelo Bielsa’ after putting Spygate row with Leeds boss behind him ahead of first Premier League meeting
- Frank Lampard insists Spygate row with Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is long gone
- The two managers fell out last January after Bielsa sent a spy to Derby training
- A controversial move that earned the Argentinian manager a £200,000 FA fine
- Chelsea welcome Leeds to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday
Frank Lampard insists his Spygate row with Marcelo Bielsa is long gone and a thing of the past ahead of their first Premier League meeting on Saturday.
The two managers fell out last January after Bielsa sent a spy to try and gather some secrets while watching Lampard’s Derby side train, a controversial move that earned the Argentinian a £200,000 FA fine.
Lampard said: ‘It’s in the past. I’m certainly not going to dwell on it going into this game. I’d rather dwell on the respect I have for him as a coach.
Frank Lampard insists his Spygate row with Marcelo Bielsa is long gone and a thing of the past
Bielsa sent a spy to try and gather some secrets while watching Lampard’s Derby side train
A Leeds fan holds a spy-related banner for Leeds’ clash against Derby in January 2019
‘It was a great news story, had a lot to it and it’s gone and again, I just look at him and how well he’s done at Leeds.
‘He brought Leeds up the year after and they were one of the strongest teams, probably the strongest in the Championship almost in the year that we played against them at Derby so it was a very proud moment for us, for myself actually to go against them and win that game but it’s a game long gone now.
‘I go up against him as a team in great form. I just see the football side of it now.’
Bielsa says he has learned from the episode and about the culture of English football but Lampard said: ‘I’m absolutely not concerned about what lesson he has learnt or not, honestly, I’m definitely going to hang on it on this game. It’s long gone.
‘I respect him, I respect Leeds. I’m only concerned with us trying to be right tomorrow to win the match.’
Lampard was in charge of Derby at time and side beat Bielsa’s Leeds in Championship play-offs
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