Thomas Tuchel: Borussia Dortmund are ready to play

Thomas Tuchel: Borussia Dortmund are ready to play


Thomas Tuchel says Borussia Dortmund have overcome last Tuesday’s attack on their team bus.

Dortmund were on their way to the Westfalenstadion for the home leg of their Champions League round of 16 fixture against AS Monaco, but the bus was hit by up to three explosive devices.

The blasts left defender Marc Bartra with an arm injury, requiring surgery.

Dortmund were made to play the rescheduled match just a day later and went on to lose 3-2. Both Tuchel and his players, led by Greek defender Sokratis, condemned UEFA’s decision to hold the game so soon after the attacks.

After initial mental fragility, Tuchel declared his players are ready to overturn the deficit.

“This will be a totally new game of football for us to play,” Tuchel said.

“In the first match we were not ready to play football. But now we can work.

“We are emotionally stable and with that, we’re focused on the game.”

At least one arrest in relation to the blasts has since been made.

Dortmund fans’ heartwarming response to the edgy situation captured the imagination of the football world, with many locals inviting stranded away Monaco fans into their homes to stay the night.

Les Rouges et Blancs manager Leonardo Jardim added that he is expecting a friendly atmosphere inside Stade Louis II on Wednesday.

“After one week, I think that Dortmund are stronger, even psychologically,” he said.

“We will face a very strong team, they have overcome this problem (the attack).

“And also I believe there will be a good atmosphere in the stadium with the new friendship between fans of Monaco and Dortmund.”