If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks you might have missed the uproar in England because Leeds United manager, Marco Bielsa, has been sending his minions around the country to spy on his opposition.
The most interesting part of this story has certainly been the reaction of large sections of the media who like nothing better than a narrative that doesn’t matter but they get can on their high horse about regardless.
Speaking after Arsenal’s game against Chelsea on Sunday, the French outlet, le10sport report that Unai Emery was asked about the Biesla situation.
“I know him,” Emery replied. “I know his career in Spain first and foremost. I know he is obsessed but also very professional towards his work.
“Spygate? I respect him immensely because he is the best coach in the world. He has always worked like that in his career.
“It does not matter if it’s allowed, illegal or not fair. It’s not my role to give my opinion on the subject.”
I love how Emery gave his opinion before saying it’s not is role to give an opinion.
While it’s been great to have a change at the club, there is a massive part of me that thinks we should bring Arsene Wenger back just for his press conferences. He never thought any subject was really outside of his ‘role to give an opinion’ and I think part of why this quote caught my attention is because Emery is normally so dull. He is the master of saying lots without saying anything at all.
Anyway, on this whole Bielsa farce, is this really the biggest issue in football that the media need to be obsessing over? Aren’t there kids still being abused and racists still roaming free on the terraces? If only those subjects could garner the same amount of obsession and outrage we might one day have a chance of making a difference that matters.