Bartra: Attack was worst time of my life
- Author: Loretta Pittman Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 2:25
Dortmund and Monaco took to the field at the Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the original tie was postponed when three explosions went off near the German club's team bus as they made their way to the ground, leaving defender Marc Bartra needing surgery on an arm injury.
"It comes in waves". "Fortunately it wasn't that serious but the world is getting insane and we don't know what it goes to (next)".
"Everyone can imagine (that) it was a really hard moment for me because I don't know how I often I have been in team hotel with my team in Dortmund".
"Marcel said, "That was absolutely worse because then, only then, we really realised how far we were from total disaster and losing lives"".
Germany midfielder Weigl said: "Most of the guys probably slept as little as I did. We only had 15 players available in the squad", Tuchel said after the game.
"I don't know the exact circumstances around the bombs going off and all of that, but I'm sure it was very hectic, very scary", Arena said. I am happy that all the players are alive, and all the staff are alive.
But former Germany global Lothar Matthaeus criticised Uefa, saying it was a mistake to play the game so soon after the attack.
The match was immediately rescheduled for Wednesday and Monaco ran out 3-2 winners in what turned out to be a pulsating game.UEFA, European soccer's governing body, said it had made the decision after consulting both teams. They treated it as if a beer can had been thrown at the bus. The exact motive of the attack is still unclear.
Despite Tuchel's words, Roy Keane felt is was the right decision for the game to be played last night. "I tried to come to terms with it with my family, tried to wind down and switch off".
Amid increased security and while the investigations continue, Dortmund will have to make the best of it again Saturday as it seeks to improve upon its fourth place to secure automatic Champions League qualification.
Flying glass from a shattered window broke the wrist of one of their players, Marc Bartra. We wanted to have a bit more time to deal with it. It has scored in its last 19 games, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang second behind Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the scoring chart.
Frankfurt, which was previously third, has lost its last four games away and it hasn't won any of its last nine.