Dortmund v Monaco — who’s saying what

Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Who’s saying what at the Borussia Dortmund v Monaco Champions League match, which was played Wednesday just 24 hours after the German team bus was attacked with explosives:

“We felt completely passed over, it came down to ‘tomorrow, you’re playing’. Ultimately, it was decided in Nyon in Switzerland whether or not to play the next day. It was a somewhat powerless feeling.”

— Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel hits out at UEFA

“It took a lot of courage and we showed that, but it’s not been forgotten or worked through yet.”

— Tuchel.

“We knew that it would not be easy to focus on football. Until kick-off, everything was all still in my head, but not football. The second half was superb from us, when one considers what we’ve experienced in the past 24 hours.”

— Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin

“We are all human beings. What happened yesterday, nobody wanted. It was only when I came home yesterday and my wife and my son were standing at the door that I realised how lucky we were.”

— Sahin

“Most of the guys slept as little as I did. There is no golden way to deal with this, because it was the first time for everyone. I’ve tried to spend time with my family and to calm down a bit. We made the best of it.”

— Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl

“What will stay in history is not the result but what happened last night. It was difficult to prepare for this match. Last night, the players called their families and friends and their concentration was low. But on the pitch, both sides gave great performances.”

— Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim

“It was obviously difficult for both teams, especially Dortmund. However, football must be stronger and not be taken hostage by these events. Sport reunites us.”

— Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev

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