Champions League

Watzke: Playing will be a challenge for Dortmund

2017-04-12 11:28
Marc Bartra.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Chief Executive Hans-Joachim Watzke says Borussia Dortmund will need to "come to terms with the shock" of their team bus being hit by a bomb blast as they prepare to play their rearranged Champions League match with Monaco.

Dortmund came under attack en route to their quarter-final clash on Tuesday that led to Marc Bartra having an operation after "breaking the radial bone in his arm and getting bits of debris lodged in his hand".

Speaking to ZDF, Watzke said: "He was given emergency medical care and then taken to hospital.

"Now we need to try to come to terms with the shock. We have to play again tomorrow. That will be a real challenge.

"In such a crisis situation, all of Borussia will pull together. The team and coaches were shocked. Now we must channel it in some way."

Watzke added that the match needed to take place on Wednesday as they have a very busy schedule until the end of the season.

He said: "We have a very congested fixture list. The return leg is scheduled for next week. It wasn't possible to move it to Thursday either, as we can't keep Monaco here for three days. They've got another match at the weekend."

Captain Marcel Schmelzer also offered his words of encouragement to Bartra by adding: "We're all in shock and our thoughts are with Marc. We hope that he will make a speedy recovery."

 

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