Tuchel: UEFA made us feel impotent

Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel has criticised UEFA for rescheduling their Champions League clash with Monaco so soon after Tuesday’s bomb blasts.

The quarter-final, first-leg tie at Signal Iduna Park was postponed by just 24 hours after three explosions went off near the Dortmund team bus, injuring defender Marc Bartra.

Tuchel’s side were clearly affected by the events of the previous evening as they made a slow start against the Ligue 1 leaders, who took an early lead through Kylian Mbappe.

Sven Bender then scored an own-goal to give the Principality outfit a 2-0 lead at the break, and although Ousmane Dembele reduced the deficit in the second half, Mbappe scored to seal a 3-2 win after Shinji Kagawa added Dortmund’s second in the closing stages.

Tuchel was less than impressed with UEFA’s decision to move the game to Wednesday, saying BVB were never even consulted which made them feel powerless in the matter.

“We were never asked; we were informed by a text message that the UEFA made a decision in Switzerland. It felt lousy. And that sticks with us,” he said in the post-match conference.

“Minutes after the attacks, the only question was whether the game could go through or not. We were treated as if a beer can was thrown at the bus. It gives you a feeling of impotence.

“It will stick with us that we have to function and that everything else plays no role. We are outside of the bus, Marc [Bartra] gets driven away in an ambulance, and we are informed about the decision. It does not feel good.”

Commenting on the mood in the camp ahead of the game, Tuchel added: “We left it open to every player if he wants to play. We realised this morning that training is a distraction.

“Every player, every human, and this attack was on us as humans, can be scared stiff by this. But all of them wanted to play. We would have wanted to have more time to digest all of this. We did not get this time.

“We have to live with the fact that the match was scheduled. It’s about our dream, our big dream, and the squad did not have the feeling they could make the difference in the small situations. Later in the afternoon, we encouraged the players to go into the match.”