If the truth be told, Wesley Sneijder struggled to really influence the match on Tuesday night until the second half began. But once the second 45 kicked off, the Dutchman stole the show with a sublime performance that lead Inter to the Champions League quarter-finals.
Real Madrid must surely be kicking themselves for allowing the Dutchman to leave the Bernabeu last summer, as every since he arrived at the San Siro, Sneijder has starred for Jose Mourinho’s men. At Stamford Bridge he again proved the man of the match with a hard-working, slick-passing performance that was capped with the decisive ball over-the-top which released Samuel Eto’o for the solitary strike of the night.
That moment crystalised everything that Sneijder is about: quick-thinking backed up with the ability to deliver the crucial final pass. However it was far from Sneijder’s only contribution in the match as number 10 teed up Diego Milito and Goran Pandev earlier in the second half with chances the arguably both strikers should have scored.
Wesley Sneijder’s match highlights against Chelsea can be seen here.