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Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel has criticised UEFA for rescheduling
their Champions League clash with Monaco so soon after Tuesday's bomb
The quarter-final, first-leg tie at Signal Iduna Park was postponed
by just 24 hours after three explosions went off near the Dortmund team
bus, injuring defender Marc Bartra.
Tuchel's side were clearly affected by the events of the previous
evening as they made a slow start against the Ligue 1 leaders, who took
an early lead through Kylian Mbappe.
Sven Bender then scored an own-goal to give the Principality outfit a
2-0 lead at the break, and although Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa
reduced the deficit in the second half, Mbappe sealed a 3-2 win in the
Tuchel was less than impressed with UEFA's decision to move the game
to Wednesday, saying BVB were never even consulted which made them feel
powerless in the matter.
"We were never asked - we were informed by a text message that
UEFA made a decision in Switzerland. It felt lousy. And that sticks with
us," he said in the post-match conference.
"Minutes after the attacks, the only question was whether the game
could go through or not. We were treated as if a beer can was thrown at
the bus. It gives you a feeling of impotence.
"It will stick with us that we have to function and that everything
else plays no role. We are outside of the bus, Marc [Bartra] gets driven
away in an ambulance, and we are informed about the decision. It does
not feel good."
Commenting on the mood in the camp ahead of the game, Tuchel added:
"We left it open to every player if he wants to play. We realised this
morning that training is a distraction.
"Every player, every human, and this attack was on us as humans, can
be scared stiff by this. But all of them wanted to play. We would have
wanted to have more time to digest all of this. We did not get this
"We have to live with the fact that the match was scheduled. It's
about our dream, our big dream, and the squad did not have the feeling
they could make the difference in the small situations. Later in the
afternoon, we encouraged the players to go into the match."