Leeds United v Derby County: Championship – live!

Leeds United v Derby County: Championship – live!

11-Jan-2019 19:09:42 | The Guardian

Marcelo Bielsa has spoken to Sky, via an interpreter. He has taken full responsibility for the spying incident, and apologised to Frank Lampard.

“It’s true, there was someone from Leeds there. The responsibility for this incident is mine. It doesn’t matter if this is legal or illegal, right or wrong … for me it’s enough that Frank Lampard and Derby County were unhappy, to show that I didn’t behave well. Yesterday I talked to Frank and he told me I didn’t respect his club. I have a different point of view, but the important thing is what he and Derby think.

Good evening. A rivalry that has been slowly cooling down for over 40 years is heating up again, fuelled by a furious promotion race and ignited today by an old-fashioned spying drama.

Both of these big city clubs have been effectively rebranded by summer managerial appointments, but their bold moves are paying off. Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United are leading the Championship, while Frank Lampard’s Derby County are in the top six.

This match was already an intriguing prospect, pitting MBLU’s high-press infantry up against the swashbuckling starlets of FLDC. Today’s developing drama, with FLDC accusing MBLU of sending a bloke in a tracksuit to patrol their training compound, adds the necessary needle and takes us back in time.

In the early 70s, Don Revie’s Leeds and Brian Clough’s Derby routinely muddied each other’s pristine shirts as they tussled for major trophies, while the managers traded barbs and compared lapel sizes on the touchline. Now both clubs are heading back towards the big time, and are back in each other’s business. Kick-off is 7.45pm, GMT.

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