UEFA criticised over Dortmund match decision

Three explosive devices detonated near the bus as it left the team hotel for a Champions League quarterfinal first leg against AS Monaco at Signal Iduna Park in western Germany, shattering the vehicle's windows.

Thomas Tuchel stressed Borussia Dortmund must try to overcome Tuesday's bomb attack on the German team's bus, but admitted it was still "incredibly difficult" to speak about the ordeal.

UEFA issued a statement in the wake of Tuchel's comments denying that either side had been forced to play.

"We were told by text message".

"Ultimately, it was decided in Nyon in Switzerland whether or not to play the next day". Every player has the right to start with a unusual feeling.

"There is so much more than football in this world and last night (Tuesday) we felt it". I only thought about them.

Sokratis criticised UEFA over their treatment of Borussia Dortmund, with the defender saying he felt like an "animal" following Wednesday's rescheduled Champions League fixture.

"I'm pretty sure the people who make the decision afterwards, if they had been in the bus they would not have played the game".

"Everyone can imagine it was a really hard moment for me", he said. "It was a bad experience".

The Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin offered an emotional insight into how badly players had been affected. "We would have liked more time to take stock", he added. "Then the terrorists have already won".

"From what I heard from team sources, many players didn't want to play today". UEFA spokesman Pedro Pinto told The Associated Press the governing body was in touch with all parties.

"In this case, the players must come first". "But Mbappe broke clear to score a third away goal".

After the final whistle, several Dortmund stars were still shell-shocked by the attack 24 hours before.

"I know exactly the road".

Apart from Bartra, who would have been suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards anyway, Dortmund is struggling with injuries - there was one spot free on the bench against Monaco because of a lack of available players.

"The game is over and it's done, it was a football game". I will never forget (Marcel) Schmelzer's face.

"To use football as a sign is a long way from my comprehension", said the Turkey worldwide.

"I will never forget the faces in my life".

The Borussia Dortmund bus was damaged when it was caught amidst three explosions.

"It will stick with us that we have to function and that everything else plays no role. I hope that was the last time".

  • Loretta Pittman