Dortmund's Nuri Şahin Gives Emotional Interview Day After Team Bus Attacked

Three explosions went off as the Borussia Dortmund bus travelled to the club's stadium for their Champions League match against AS Monaco on Tuesday, injuring Spanish defender Marc Bartra and delaying the fixture by a day.

Three explosive devices detonated near the bus as it left the team hotel for a Champions League quarterfinal first leg against AS Monaco at Signal Iduna Park in western Germany, shattering the vehicle's windows.

Both before and after the game, Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel expressed anger at being forced to play less than 24 hours after the attack, while an emotional Nuri Sahin said that he had been totally unable to focus on football. "This gives you the feeling of impotence that we have to work and the rest does not matter".

Spain defender Marc Bartra suffered a broken wrist and has subsequently had surgery, but no other players were hurt.

German authorities have arrested a suspected Islamic extremist connected to what Chancellor Angela Merkel called a "despicable" attack.

"I'm pretty sure the people who make the decision afterwards, if they had been in the bus they would not have played the game", Klopp told a news conference in Liverpool.

"They (UEFA) have to understand that we are not animals", he told ESPN FC.

"I know football is very important". We have to live with the fact that the match was scheduled. Every player, every human, and this attack was on us as humans, can be scared stiff by this.

"We were not attacked on the field by an opponent; we were attacked from inside the bus as men", Tuchel said in a post-match broadcast interview with former Norway worldwide Jan Aage Fjortoft. "It was hard for us, of course".

I feel like what I said before: I feel like an animal and not like a person.

And Tuchel was outraged that his side were made to play the match so soon after his players could have been killed.

'The team wanted so badly a bit of time to deal with it so we were in our best shape because the dream is to go to the semi-finals in Europe.

"It's hard to talk about, it's hard to find the right words", he said.

"Last night I didn't realise what happened and when I got home my wife and son were waiting in front of the door I felt how lucky we were".

"The investigations have so far resulted in no evidence that the suspect had taken part in the attack", the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

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