We must overcome bus attack, says Tuchel

Apr 14, 2017, 10:31
We must overcome bus attack, says Tuchel

German investigators said Thursday they have found no evidence so far that an Iraqi detained after the Borussia Dortmund bus attack was involved in the bombing, but he is suspected of membership in the Islamic State group. The second leg is being played next Wednesday in Monaco.

Three explosions went off as the Dortmund team made their way to their Signal Iduna Park stadium for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco on Tuesday.

The long-term impact of the attack on the players will become clearer on Saturday when fourth-placed Dortmund host Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

"The game was not too important but when they played they tried to be at their best". We wanted to have a bit more time to deal with it.

He left Iraq in March 2015 for Turkey, before heading to Germany early a year ago, and has maintained his contacts with the extremist group, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who was Dortmund's coach for seven years until 2015, said he could see "the shock in the eyes" of his former players following the terrorist attack.

Members of Dortmund's squad - including Nuri Sahin and Julian Weigl - admitted after the match that the attack had an impact on their performance.

"We must find a way of overcoming that.

But we don't know yet how that's supposed to happen". (Bongarts/Getty Images) Monaco's Kylian Mbappe scored twice in the 3-2 win.

But European football's governing body rejected the claim, insisting that both clubs had agreed to play on Wednesday.

"We have to keep living without fear, but these things can happen". We love football. I know we earn a lot of money, we have a privileged life, but we are human beings.

"Players crave normality. I'm not sure how long it would take (to recover psychologically) but credit to them for playing". The incident forced UEFA to postpone that day's Champions League match until Wednesday, although Tuchel was upset that the team wasn't given more time. It makes us incredibly sad but also incredibly fortunate to be standing here today, especially when you hear the details that are coming out (from the investigation). But you shouldn't forget there were 30 people sitting in it, so it's an attack on us as people. "We had the feeling that we were being treated as if a beer can had hit our bus", said Tuchel, who claimed he wasn't asked about whether to proceed with the game.