It was classic Mourinho. And yet, despite it looking like some tactical masterplan, it was all so simple.
Real Madrid extended their lead over Barcelona in La Liga to 8 points (having played a game more) with a hard fought comeback win over Mallorca on Saturday night.
Chasing a 1-0 deficit from the first half, Gonzalo Higuain pulled a goal back back on 72 before Jose Callejon sealed the win four minutes from time.
At which point, Mourinho called Pepe over and showed him a piece of paper that had plenty who were watching the game wondering what state secrets The Special One could be passing on to his on pitch lieutenant.
After the game Mourinho revealed all: “I had a piece of paper prepared in case we scored the second goal, because we were risking a lot. In the note I put Benzema back on to the right.”
Effectively, Mourinho simply reverted back to a solid 4-4-2 having played much of the second half with just three at the back. Quite why he needed a piece of paper to tell Pepe this is unclear.