Tuchel: Dortmund emotionally ready to face Monaco
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 0:12
However, Borussia bounced back with a 3-1 Bundesliga win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday ahead of Wednesday's visit to treble-chasing Monaco, who are top of the French league and through to the Cup semi-finals.
"In the first leg it was impossible to approach the game with the concentration and mentality needed to deliver a top-level performance".
He's extremely talented and looks destined to become one of Europe's best attacking midfielders, but obtaining him is going to be extremely hard.
"When he is not there, it makes a huge difference", said former Nice coach Eric Roy, now a TV pundit.
On the pitch, Monaco must find a way to score at least twice against a Monaco side that boasts a fearsome attack.
The influential Brazilian midfielder Fabinho - who missed a penalty in the first leg - is suspended while France worldwide full-back Djibril Sidibe is still recovering from appendicitis. "As soon as there is one missing, the team becomes a bit unbalanced". Joao Moutinho will replace Fabinho in midfield.
In addition to Fabinho's suspension, fatigue could also be a crucial factor against Dortmund.
In Dortmund does not possess a party - of the last 15 matches in all competitions was only five victories.
Coach Leonardo Jardim expects a harder contest. "If you don't play in the Champions League, you play once a week".
Dortmund's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (C) wears a mask as he celebrates with his teammates Dortmund's after scoring the 0-1 during the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany, on April 1, 2017. "We'll play the same as usual".
Falcao 26 goals this season confirmed his return to the highest level. The French Ligue 1 leaders subsequently shocked supporters all over the world after defeating Manchester City over two legs in the last-16.
Monaco authorities will also receive the support of about 350 French police officers in support of local security personnel deployed in and outside the stadium.
Dortmund in their league is not the first cast and until their task - to earn a direct ticket to the Champions League, for which there is a serious battle with the "Hoffenheim" and "Leipzig".
Apart from the long-term injured Mario Goetze, Andre Schuerrle and Sebastian Rode as well as Marc Bartra, who was wounded in the bomb attack on the team bus, manager Thomas Tuchel has a full contingent to choose from. The club's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke even considered withdrawing the club from the competition.
Injury meant Reus missed the first leg - and therefore was also not on the ill-fated bus - but he returned to score in a 3-1 weekend win over Eintracht Frankfurt. The players held Bartra's shirt to fans after the game.