Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has revealed what went on behind the scenes moments after that sending off he was issued in the 2006 Champions League final.
The veteran German is now working at Arsenal again after a succesful couple of years at the club which saw him help the team to the title triumph of 2003/04.
Despite his great achievements in the Gunners’ colours, Lehmann faced one of the darkest moments of his career in Paris as he was sent off in the opening minutes of the Champions League final against Barcelona.
And in his autobiography ‘The Madness is on the Pitch’, the ex-goalkeeper has revealed what happened in his world moments after receiving that red card.
“Four minutes past nine, the infamous moment had come: Ronaldinho played his pass, Eto’o began to run, Lehmann grasped, [referee Terje] Hauge blew his whistle.” the former Germany international said
“Following the dismissal, I slunk into the dressing room to put on a clean shirt. What was I to do now? For a few minutes, I sat around, irresolute, before climbing up the steps to the stands.
“I bumped into Sir Alex Ferguson, who stared at me wide-eyed, as if he had seen Lucifer himself. ‘Bad luck,’ I said with a shrug, continuing on my way.
“When I had eventually found a seat, I was joined by Lasse and Mats [his children], who had been sitting with my wife and brother. I pulled them onto my lap and finally began to tear up.
“There is no apt description nor any solace for this moment, in which all aims, hopes and ambition of the previous months disappear in a black hole of disappointment.
“I suspected I would never again be part of a Champions League final but did not let the thought get to me at all.”