Less than 24 hours after a bomb attack on their team bus, Borussia Dortmund took to the field Wednesday in a poignant Champions League quarterfinal encounter with Monaco. Marc Bartra, who was wounded in an attack on the team bus of German soccer club Borussia Dortmund Tuesday, April 11, 2017 said Friday April 14, 2017 the experience was the "hardest 15 minutes" of his life.
Fligge said that with Dortmund scheduled to play Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga on Saturday, before next Wednesday's return leg at Monaco, there was no alternative but to reschedule the first leg for Wednesday.
In response to the outpouring of criticism of UEFA's handling of the matter, the governing body affirmed both clubs were involved in the decision-making process and did not imply they would be unwilling to participate.More news: Cases of hepatitis B and C hit 325 million worldwide
"We stayed very focused for two days for this game, the attacks perhaps changed the (Dortmund) players' concentration. At that time we did not know the reasons for this attack". I do not wish this on anyone. "I think it's a very sad way that our society develops", he said.
"I think, internally, we have improved our level of security and protection".
"We tried to give the best of ourselves, I tried to give the best of myself". It felt lousy. And that sticks with us.More news: MPs approve Theresa May's call for snap election
Tottenham reportedly sent their chief scout to Dortmund's Champions League tie with Monaco with a view to seeing Christian Pulisic in action, according to the Daily Mail.
Despite the unusual circumstances the match went ahead under tightened security, with the motives and the identity of the attackers still unknown.
During the warm-up, Dortmund players wore T-shirts displaying messages of support for their injured colleague Bartra, who had earlier posted a picture of himself on social media with his arm bandaged and giving the thumbs up after undergoing surgery.More news: 2 more charged in Michigan genital mutilation investigation
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