Bombing out of our system - Dortmund

April 19, 2017

MONACO (AP):

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has been helping his players through the shock of last week's attack on the team bus and insists they are mentally ready for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Monaco today.

Last Tuesday in Germany, three explosions went off as the team headed to the stadium for the home leg against Monaco, leaving defender Marc Bartra needing hospital treatment following injuries to his wrist and arm after a window was shattered.

The match was rescheduled for Wednesday and Monaco won 3-2 to put itself in a strong position to reach the semifinals.

At that point, Tuchel's mind was far away from football and he was angry that European football's governing body, UEFA, had not taken the attack seriously enough as it swiftly rescheduled the game. The club's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke even considered withdrawing the club from the competition.

On the eve of the return leg, the mindset of Tuchel and his players is different: a mixture of pride, motivation and defiance.

"We've got this out of our system now, and we're more stable emotionally," said Tuchel, who was speaking through a translator at the pre-match news conference.

"All that happened last week has made us stronger. Now we have to play well and I'm convinced we can do that. We're ready and focused. We know it will be very tough, but we have the energy and confidence we need to get a result."

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