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Klopp questions decision to make Dortmund play so soon after attack

19 April 2017
Klopp questions decision to make Dortmund play so soon after attack

"The accused was arrested (on Wednesday) in connection with the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team coach". If you need a hug, I hug you or find someone who hugs you at home.

"It's really, really hard to find a date in this really tight schedule but I think everyone would have understood if they said they did not want to play it", he said. "I think the majority of us didn't get much sleep, myself included".

'I know football is very important, we love football, we suffer with football ... and I know we earn a lot of money, we have a privileged life.

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"I am like all the other football fans in the world, the only difference is I know all of them. Last night we felt it".

Spanish defender Marc Bartra was injured as team was being driven to the stadium. The Spaniard was taken to the hospital and had surgery on a broken bone in his wrist.

The explosives contained metal pins, one of which was found embedded in one of the headrests on the bus. It could easily have been a lot worse.

"I can't forget the faces", Sahin said of his teammates, who ducked for cover when the explosions hit.

"I will never forget the faces in my life, for sure".

Schmelzer also highlighted the impact of the attack on his side.

"We have to function like puppets", the Dortmund captain said. If you are not in the bus you can not imagine how it is exactly.

'We had the feeling today everybody that we are not in the best shape, not focused enough for football.

"We are investigating in every direction", said Ralf Jaeger, the interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state.

Tuchel expressed his frustration to reporters over the governing body's decision to reschedule his team's Champions League tilt against Monaco for Wednesday.

But Bartra was keen to look at the bigger picture, beyond football, in his impassioned post on Friday, adding: 'The only thing I ask, THE ONLY, is that we all live in peace, and we leave behind wars.

Despite the congested calendar in the final months of the season, Dortmund believed the game could have been shifted to a later date.

Monaco went further ahead in the 35th minute when Andrea Raggi sent an inswinging cross towards Radamel Falcao and, although Bender got to it first, he only succeeded in heading it past Roman Buerki and into the net.

We're all with Bartra, we know it's hard for him like for all the Dortmund players. I've tried to spend time with my family and to calm down a bit.

As we know, Dortmund fell to a 3-2 defeat at the Signal Iduna Park after Kylian Mbappe's brace and an own goal from Sven Bender.

But Tuchel claimed the club was informed of UEFA's decision by text message and they were left feeling powerless.

"I watched the game and can 100% understand both sides".