The Leeds United spygate saga has taken a new twist after manager Marcelo Bielsa held an impromptu press conference on Wednesday evening outlining how he and his staff spy on every team they play against.
The club gave short notice of the 5pm ’emergency’ press conference, which led to wild speculation over what it would be about.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 16, 2019
Rumours soon circulated that the Argentinian manager, known as El Loco, was about to resign.
Instead, the gathered representatives of media organisations that had managed to get to the venue in time were treated to a 70-minute reveal of detailed files on every team in the Championship and notes on how the information is gathered.
The coach confirmed that he has had people observe training sessions of all the teams in the division.
These were the best tweets and jokes from Marcelo Bielsa’s spygate press conference:
Has this been moved for Sky yet?
— NM (@nmarshall0) January 16, 2019
— DanieI HoIt (@holtdaniel123) January 16, 2019
Relax. Marcelo Bielsa is just going to announce Stoke's lineup for their game against Leeds on Saturday.
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) January 16, 2019
I sent a spy to watch Bielsa’s PowerPoint presentation earlier. Trust me, he’s not resigning.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 16, 2019
Bielsa set to reveal his views on Brexit #lufc
— Football Burp ⚽ (@FootballBurp) January 16, 2019
Bielsa is a madman. Can’t be controlled by any corporate hierarchy.
— RG (@registability) January 16, 2019
Scenes when Bielsa drops this at 5pm
— Josh Akers (@joshakers93) January 16, 2019
Marcelo Bielsa has called a press conference to announce that Stoke’s Erik Pieters is out with a hamstring injury and Saido Berahino has a muscle strain pic.twitter.com/5cfiG4NhGx
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) January 16, 2019
"I've now found new methods of gathering facts on opponents and I'm looking ahead to our next game versus Stoke City, a professional football club based in Stoke-on-Trent. Founded as Stoke Ramblers in 1863 the club changed its name to Stoke in 1878, then to Stoke City in 1925" pic.twitter.com/Zu73cqiVBd
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) January 16, 2019
Fair play to Marcelo Bielsa, calling a press conference purely to show off his latest FM save. pic.twitter.com/O2TitM8hqf
— Coral (@Coral) January 16, 2019
The next storm will be when we find out Bielsa’s using a pirated copy of Microsoft Office
— Dan (@lufc_dan) January 16, 2019
If Bielsa has anything about him he's simply about to show the press a PowerPoint of pictures he's had taken of their close relatives through binoculars.
— GeorgeWeahsCousin (@WeahsCousin) January 16, 2019
Bielsa: “And this is me on holiday in the south of France..” pic.twitter.com/lIYvlhdKm0
— FPL Partridge (@FPL_Partridge) January 16, 2019
Hope hes using effects to bring in each slide
— Joe Travetti (@joeytrav) January 16, 2019
Frank Lampard: "Bielsa cheated!"
Marcelo Bielsa: "Welcome to my lecture: 'How to beat Frank Lampard's Derby County'"
— Jon Mackenzie (@Jon_Mackenzie) January 16, 2019
DEDUCT ALL OF THE POINTS!!
— Gary Maiden (@Gary_Maiden) January 16, 2019
I’m getting this put on my grave.
— Liam (@Liamdestroyer39) January 16, 2019
sending spys out of guilt bless him
— James (@BeaumontJame) January 16, 2019
Basically he gave a guy a job who would of otherwise been on the dole, he's a living saint!
— herasy and Horticulture (@Jonnymann88) January 16, 2019
Processing the thought of Mrs Bielsa trying to convince him to take a night off studying Harry Wilson’s arm movements on set pieces
— Dan (@lufc_dan) January 16, 2019
— Pîrcălabu George (@jeorje_alex) January 16, 2019
Give him the Falklands
— Jack (@Jack_T_92) January 16, 2019
— Tim Mc Garry (@Tim_Mc_Garry) January 16, 2019
Bielsa after watching Wednesday training pic.twitter.com/Zx5o1ABz8U
— Richard (@stebbsy1867) January 16, 2019
Bielsa is a better Derby manager than the Derby manager.
— Kyle Shiels (@KyleBShiels) January 16, 2019
Bielsa releases a photo of the time he spied on a Tony Pulis training session. pic.twitter.com/Bnc5wbTFmX
— Rob Summerfield (@RobSummerfield1) January 16, 2019
When you sit through Bielsa's entire powerpoint and still can't beat Lampard pic.twitter.com/ijydV2EYFS
— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 16, 2019
Bielsa currently now en route to Stoke’s training ground after his press conference. pic.twitter.com/Nc4dhLvxzj
— Ryan (@ryan3levis) January 16, 2019