Marcelo Bielsa’s hour-long presentation to journalists on Wednesday will go down as an iconic moment.
The Leeds United manager scheduled an unscheduled press conference but nobody had any idea what he planned to say.
What followed was a detailed PowerPoint presentation where Bielsa showed off the intense level of analysis he and his staff carry out on every opponent they face.
Bielsa admitted to watching all 51 matches that Derby played last season, spending four hours to digest each game.
He pointed out how often Derby use certain formations, the various positions that players are used and what formations the Rams have struggled against this season.
“They played 31 games. 49 per cent they used a 4-3-3 system with No.8 [Mason Mount] on the right. In 22 per cent 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,” Bielsa claimed, per the Mirror.
“Before the game we knew perfectly that they would use these kind of systems.”
Lampard reacts to Bielsa's analysis
BBC Sports broadcaster Adam Pope said afterwards: “I think I’ve been sat in the presence of an absolute genius.”
Yet while Bielsa was leaving journalists and fans amazed with his detailed analysis, Frank Lampard can’t have enjoyed it very much.
There was Bielsa, disclosing all of Derby’s tendencies for the entire Championship to hear.
Following Derby’s victory over Southampton in the FA Cup, it was put to Lampard that Bielsa gave the impression he knew more about Derby than he did.
“Well‚ he gave an impression of himself,” Lampard replied, per The Guardian. “I haven’t seen Pep Guardiola give that. I haven’t seen Jurgen Klopp give that. Pochettino give that.
“They do that sort of thing behind closed doors but they don’t do it to the public. It surprised me, definitely. It’s incredible.”
Lampard went on to say that Bielsa’s analysis is carried out by all clubs.
“It’s probably a nice eye-opener for the fan to see it, because most of these things are done behind closed doors,” the former Chelsea midfielder said, per the Mail.
“They’re done everywhere. There’s no amazement from anyone who works in football, they won’t be amazed in the slightest. It’s par for the course.”