Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has said that he is extremely surprised about the decision by John Terry to put his team in the firing line in the second leg of the semi-final match against Barcelona a few weeks ago.
John Terry was given a straight red card for his knee on the Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez. Even though it was not initially spotted by the referee, the assistant referee's decision was enough to convince the Turkish referee to give John Terry straight red card in the match. This will rule him out of the final, but Philipp Lahm believes that it again Chelsea a major problem in the match let alone his actions in the Champions League final.
Philipp Lahm has also said that he would never do such a thing that would put his team under great stress. However, in hindsight, the sending-off of John Terry in the match actually helped Chelsea because it helped them stay narrow on the pitch and did not allow Barcelona to pass through them. In many ways, it was similar to the Inter Milan match against Barcelona a few seasons ago. The second yellow card for Thiago Motta meant that Inter Milan had to sit deep and compact in order to have any chance of progressing to the finals.
"I couldn’t believe it. I was so surprised, not by the red card but what he did to earn it. Would I describe it as irresponsible? Let’s just say I would never have done something like that. It simply wouldn’t have happened to me. Why? Because as captain, I do everything for my team. That would have harmed them and I would not allow that to happen," said Philipp Lahm ahead of the Champions League final against Chelsea on May 19.