Bus delay dented Dortmund's Champions League qualification chances, claims Thomas Tuchel

Bus delay dented Dortmund's Champions League qualification chances, claims Thomas Tuchel

Marco Reus could make his Champions League return when Borussia Dortmund travel to Monaco in the quarter-final second leg.

"The bus was supposed to depart at 7.15pm".

"I saw the match on Saturday [a 3-1 win against Eintracht Frankfurt], they played well".

In the night's other match, Barcelona went out after drawing 0-0 at home to Juventus, which won the first leg 3-0.

The incident occurred a week after the first leg was postponed by 24 hours after the Borussia team bus was attacked with explosives on its way to the stadium.

Dortmund made a good contest of the first leg despite exponential odds and scored two crucial goals to lower the deficit through Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa in the second half.

A packed Westfalenstadion, albeit under a visibly heightened police presence, gave the players a rousing reception before the kick-off and Borussia produced a promising performance ahead of the return leg against high-scoring Monaco.

Monaco may not have been directly targeted in the attack but the events and subsequent postponement were still hard to deal with for Leonardo Jardim and his young side, who saw teenage prodigy Kylian Mbappe score twice in the first leg. Long-term absentees Mario Gotze and Andre Schurle will miss another game, while Bartra still has to recover from a wrist injury cause by a bomb blast last week.

"France isn't used to having teams reach this stage of the competition". That's what we do best and today it worked as we qualified for the semi-finals. Maybe we'll need to score to go through. We play attacking football.

Falcao's diving header, the 27th goal of his comeback season, made it 2-0 in the 17th minute. The lead by 3-2 from the first leg but they will know that their opponents are still very unsafe on the break and have a lot of good players in their side. "That would be a huge influx of energy", said Tuchel. We know it will be very hard, but we are confident.

We are an attacking side and we'll try to create as many chances as possible.

"Maybe if we had lost in the last 16 we would be fresher now, but we won't ask our players to change their mentality".

"We are no dreamers".

"I feel valued and supported by everyone in the club, by the players and from the supporters", Falcao said.



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