Foxes of Leicester explain how Leicester City Football Club were apparently the victims of a spying incident. The east Midlands team are preparing for a Premier League encounter with Brighton & Hove Albion.
That’s right, an LCFC ‘spygate’! Before you get too concerned, I don’t think that opponents and managers gain a real advantage from knowing opposition drills, lineups and formations. It may help planning, but we know EPL matches are so intense that I can’t see the knowledge affecting outcomes massively.
Nevertheless, a report states that King Power security guards attempted to stop a person using drones to film at least one Foxes training session. Cheekily, the individual told the Leicester employees that he was entitled to film from outside the facility perimeter. Footage has supposedly since emerged online of Brendan Rodgers’ rehearsed set-pieces.
Other football spygate incidents like the Leicester City scenario
You might remember that often lauded and meticulous former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa was involved in a situation of acknowledged espionage. Bielsa actually personally admitted that the then Leeds team conducted snooping on ‘every opponent’ during the 2018/19 season.
In January 2019, the ex-Lille, Lazio, Marseille, Argentina National Team, Espanyol and Newell’s Old Boys gaffer, among many others, openly divulged that he and his staff gathered dossiers on clubs in the Championship. He suggested that his unorthodox reconnaissance was legal yet not necessarily ethical, which was interesting to say the least. He claimed that his intentions were not bad, and he didn’t intend to cheat, which is questionable.
The hugely experienced head coach, now aged 67, who inspired many top bosses such as Pep Guardiola and Rodgers – if you consider the Foxes chief elite – expressed contentious views in his admission. A host of other notable coaches have mentioned his style or noticeably used Bielsa tactics and were therefore influenced by the Argentine footballing legend.
Essentially, Leeds gathered training information on other sides in the division. A ‘member of the LUFC backroom staff‘ was apprehended at Derby County’s Moor Farm with pliers, binoculars and disguised clothing in his possession.