Thomas Tuchel unhappy at rescheduling of Dortmund clash with Monaco after explosions

Paola Ditto
Aprile 24, 2017

Less than 24 hours after the Champions League quarter-final first leg clash was postponed due to an attack on the Bundesliga giants' team bus - which left Marc Bartra needing to receive hospital attention - the game was replayed at the Signal Iduna Park with the visitors holding an advantage.

The fixture was postponed 24 hours after three explosions rocked the Dortmund team coach and left Spain worldwide Marc Bartra with a broken wrist as the Germans made their way to the ground ahead of Tuesday's scheduled kick-off.

However, goals always looked on the menu, given that both sides have some of Europe's top young attacking talents; and that previous results in this season's competition have included Dortmund winning beating Legia Warsaw 8-4 and Monaco losing 5-3 at Manchester City.

A UEFA spokesperson said: "The decision to play the UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco FC on Wednesday at 18.45CET was made on Tuesday night at the BvB Stadion Dortmund in cooperation and complete agreement with clubs and authorities". It [the scheduling] didn't give us a good feeling.

"We would have liked more time to take stock".

Dortmund's reprieve lasted just two minutes, however, as Monaco went ahead in the 19th minute, though there was more than a hint of luck involved. Had the feeling as if a beer cans had flown to our window. In a few days, we will not have digested completely but time helps us to find a solution. "It felt lousy. And that sticks with us", said Tuchel according to Sky Sports.

The discovery comes a day after the match was cancelled when a bomb was detonated close to the players' bus.

"I encouraged all the players to take the game seriously".

"I don't know if people can understand this, but until I was on the pitch, in the second half, I didn't think about football to be honest", Sahin said. "But we are human beings, and there is so much more than football in this world and last night we felt it".

In a moving interview on Scandinavian TV, former Liverpool loanee Sahin said: "It is hard to talk about it and hard to find the right words".

"A decision made in Switzerland that concerns us directly". It was very hard for us.

Monaco went further ahead in the 35th minute when Andrea Raggi sent an inswinging cross towards Radamel Falcao and, although Bender got to it first, he only succeeded in heading it past Roman Buerki and into the net.

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