Dortmund struggles to come to terms with bomb attack on bus
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 22:42
Monaco's Bernardo Silva is surrounded by, from left, Dortmund's Raphael Guerreiro, Nuri Sahin and Shinji Kagawa during the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel hit out at UEFA's decision to order his side to play their quarter-final against Monaco a day after nail bombs narrowly failed to inflict catastrophic damage on the Bundesliga stars.
Spanish defender Marc Bartra was injured in the attack and the match was immediately rescheduled, with Monaco running out 3-2 winners in what turned out to be a pulsating match.
'The only thing I ask, THE ONLY THING, is that we ALL live in peace and leave wars behind'.
But Tuchel claimed the club was informed of UEFA's decision by text message and they were left feeling powerless.
"We felt completely passed over, it came down to "tomorrow, you're playing", said Tuchel.
"I know that football is very important, that it is about a lot, and I knew we have to try to deliver here".
Tuesday's match was forced back to Wednesday after a trio of deliberate roadside blasts struck Dortmund's team bus on the way to the match at the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday.
Uefa issued a statement which read: "We were in touch with all parties and never received any information which suggested that any of the teams did not want to play".
"It was hard to deal with everything that happened", Falcao, who captained Monaco, said. We had the feeling today everybody that we are not in the best shape, not focused enough for football.
After the match, Tuchel said his players had wanted more time to recover from the previous day's attack.
Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere had said it was important for the match to go ahead: "we cannot make the mistake of being intimidated".
He was the only player to receive serious injuries in the attack.
"It will stick with us that we have to function and that everything else plays no role".
"I get goosebumps ... when we were in the bus last night, I can't forget the faces".
"We know that we are threatened like many other countries and will do everything in our power to ensure security in freedom for our citizens, in close consultation between the federal government and the states", she said.
"Of course, I think everyone would understand if you say, 'don't play it, ' and find a solution next week or whatever".