'I will never forget the faces' - haunted Nuri Sahin gives emotional interview
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 5:13
Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel accused UEFA of treating the bomb attack on their team bus as if a "beer can" had been thrown and claimed they were informed by text message that they would have to play their Champions League game against Monaco.
"Until I was on the pitch in the second half, I didn't think about football, to be honest".
Marc Bartra was injured in the incident, with the club confirming on Wednesday that the defender had successfully undergone surgery on his right wrist.
The second half was a different story and Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa goals either side of Mbappe's second left it all to play for ahead of the return leg in the Principality.
Regarding Marc Bartra's injury, a visibly shaken Sahin said "I get goosebumps".
Tuchel is sure to rotate his fourth-placed squad to try to help give those worst affected by the attack time to recover.
Many Monaco supporters, who had planned to travel back to France directly after the game, found they had nowhere to sleep when the game was postponed to Wednesday, with their tickets still valid.
"We wished we would have wished for more time to deal with what happened but someone in Switzerland decided we have to play".
Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter added: 'This is the best I have felt since the last 24 hours. "I will never forget the faces in my life".
German authorities have arrested a suspect with "Islamic links" in connection with the attack which, said Tuchel, affected every player differently.
"It was only when I came home yesterday and my wife and my son were standing at the door that I realised how lucky we were". "I don't know how often I have been in that hotel down the years".
Should the UEFA have canceled Dortmund's game against Monaco after the team's bus was attacked?
'UEFA are eager to continue playing, but we still want to be competitive.
The Gabon striker played a crucial role shortly after as Dortmund clawed their way back into the contest, brilliantly backheeling Raphael Guerreiro's whipped cross to Kagawa and the Japanese touched the ball away from Danijel Subasic for Dembele to convert simply.
Admitting that this was the most hard situation the club had faced in decades, Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said they would "not bend before terror". Lewandowski has 26 goals in 28 games.
- Dortmund have now lost three of their last five home knockout stage games in the Champions League (W2), this after losing one of the first eight.