Barcelona filmed Real Madrid defender Pepe to identify unsporting behaviour in four Clasico games, a radio station has claimed.
Catalunya Radio stated that footage of the Portugal international was recorded during the two-week spell in 2011 when the Spanish giants locked horns on four separate occasions.
In the programme ‘El club de la mitjanit’ it was claimed that the Blaugrana asked for the filming to take place in order to catch the 29-year-old engaging in unsporting behaviour against the likes of Lionel Messi.
It was not, however, revealed whether the footage was to be used to as evidence of any unsavoury actions from Pepe, or as a tactical tool for Pep Guardiola’s side to exploit.
The news tallies with Tito Vilanova’s recent comments about the former Porto defender in the wake of the recent 2-2 draw at Camp Nou, when the coach said: “you can make a film of all the times Pepe has kicked us,” after Pepe had claimed Barcelona’s players had acted “theatrically.”
According to the radio broadcast, the filming was done by the club’s scouting team, but then-coach Guardiola advised the club not to release the footage as it would become clear it had been organised by the club.