Dortmund coach says Marc Bartra could return in 4 weeks

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 20, 2017

"The last thing I thought about (after hearing the news) was the game but when I watched the game yesterday and I can 100 per cent see both sides (why it went ahead)".

While Mbappe wrote his name into the record books by becoming the youngest player to score a brace in the history of the competition, he admitted the incident the day before caused panic within the Monaco camp.

Speaking after the game, Tuchel stressed that it wasn't easy for his players to mentally regroup to play the match after being targeted by a terrorist attack. I was waiting like the rest of the world for more information. I get goosebumps. I can't forget the faces.

Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere had said it was important for the match to go ahead: "we cannot make the mistake of being intimidated". Every player, every human, and this attack was on us as humans, can be scared stiff by this.

"We knew that it would not be easy to focus on football". Pride. I look at it and feel proud thinking of all the harm they wanted to cause and that it ended only in this.

The German Federal Prosecutor's Office said three letters claiming responsibility found near the site of the attack made Islamic extremists the possible perpetrators.

Curiously there is also a contingent of people who appear to think footballer's wages bear relevance to how quickly they should mentally recover from the trauma of a bomb attack.

Initial reports were sketchy, ranging from a firecracker that cracked the back window of the bus to an explosion so loud it could be heard eight miles away at the Signal Iduna Park, the Dortmund stadium.

This article has been updated to remove an erroneous description of Merkel's comments about security in North Rhine-Westphalia state.

The attack also left debris lodged in his hand.

The injured player, Bartra, posted a message on Instagram saying he is "doing much better" along with a photo of him giving a thumbs up with a bandage wrapped around his arm.

Dortmund fans are renowned for creating a raucous atmosphere in their home ground and the famed "Yellow Wall" - Europe's largest free standing terrace which holds 25,000 fans - was its usual colorful self on a drizzly night, albeit perhaps more somber that it has previously been on more celebratory European nights.

Dortmund fell behind on 19 minutes - although only after Fabinho missed a penalty.

Dortmund fell further behind when Sven Bender, with perhaps an eye on Radamel Falcao lurking behind, headed Andrea Raggi's superb cross into his own net.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said the tie was far from over, while acknowledging the match would largely be remembered for the incidents that occurred in the buildup.

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