Jose Mourinho has strongly denied that a leaked Chelsea scouting report on Barcelona was compiled by him.
During the weekend, extraordinary tactical analysis of Barcelona emerged thought to have been written by Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas before Chelsea’s 2006 Champions League clashes with the Spanish giants.
It included advice for his players on how to stop certain players - including Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho.
On Messi, it read: “If option is to foul him, is important to do it outside the box and as early as possible as recovered from an injury recently.”
The report also said that Barcelona “will constantly simulate free-kicks and penalties”, while Rafael Marquez “fakes contact like no other” and Ronaldinho is a “constant cheater”.
It got worse with left-back Sylvinho highlighted as the weak link because he “doesn’t know how to defend” while it accused Carles Puyol of getting “crazy with referees" with the Spanish defender being a poor leader with bad positioning.
But maybe Mourinho wasn’t behind the report after all.
A source close to the manager said that he was “extremely angry” about suggestions he was the author.
"I am sorry to disappoint those who think I wrote the reports, but I did not,” he has since told The Sun.
"The reports are not mine. I did not write them.
"The last report I wrote I have it at home. I was in Barcelona and this was in the 1999/2000 season.
“I was assistant and I shared with other colleagues the responsibility of analysing and preparing documents about our opponents for the manager.
“Since I arrived at Benfica and until now my analysis never became official reports, but key ideas that helped me to prepare the training work and the matches planning.
“Official reports were always done by analysts, assistants and computer technicians, but never by me."
Incidentally, Chelsea eventually lost the tie 3-2 on aggregate.
And a source said that Mourinho confirmed that the reports were compiled by Villas-Boas.
"Of course he is angry because it is not true that he wrote the reports.
"Jose doesn't know how the reports came to be leaked and doesn't want to throw suspicion on anyone."
Of course, even if he did write them, Mourinho probably wouldn’t want to admit to it.