From the stands of the Wanda Metropolitano on May 3rd, I noticed Laurent Koscielny lying on the ground in agony, and immediately thought Diego Costa had done him off the ball.
It transpired that the Spanish international had nothing to do with it, and understood the seriousness of the injury very quickly, but the Arsenal captain that night initially thought it was a challenge from the Atletico Madrid striker that had done the damage.
Speaking to the french Football Federation website, Koscielny revealed what went through his mind as his Achilles snapped.
“When I fell, I thought it was because Costa had tackled me,” he said.
“But not at all. I looked around me and I was all alone. I immediately knew that my tendon had gone. The pain wasn’t normal, I felt a terrible rupture. And I heard a huge crack.
“Costa, who wasn’t far from me, heard it too. My first reaction was to say, ‘It’s done – my tendon has snapped.’
“I was screaming on the pitch. I remember hitting my hand on the ground several times. It was an atrocious pain.
“At that exact moment, I knew that it would be at least six months before I could play again.”
The injury means Koscielny won’t play again until December at the earliest, and also that he’ll miss the World Cup this summer with France.
L’Equipe reported this week how, when players returned from lunch at Clairefontaine, they each found a letter to them from the 32 year old wishing them good luck in Russia and asking them to pull together for the sake of the team.
He’s definitely one of the good guys.