As soon as Lehmann got sent off I thought this would be Chelsea all over again - they'd score, we'd get the kick start we needed, then win. Right on cue, Eboue dived, we conceded and Edmilson and Van Bommel continued to be useless in midfield.
When I saw Iniesta was coming on I started smiling because we'd be so much more secure in possession and he'd actually make accurate crisp passes. But, by around 70 min I was having serious doubts. They were organised and played 8 men behind the ball, Deco was falling over and making loose passes, REG were trying hard but not really achieving anything and Oleguer was getting skinned by Ljunberg.
It was a carbon copy of all the games when the opposition camp in their own half, whether with 10 or 11 players and just defend like crazy and hope for the best. We'd take it easy and have no intensity, struggle and get frustrated and then in the 87th minute Eto'o would score an equaliser and force a draw.
Then Belletti came on about a minute later and later the breakthrough came. Honestly I would have seriously considered starting Belletti simply for his speed. But everything worked out well in the end. We stayed patient and Rijkaard made the right subs