Dortmund coach rages at UEFA

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said his team felt ignored by the football authorities

Borussia Dortmund's Spanish global defender Marc Bartra will be out for around four weeks after injuring his wrist in Tuesday's bomb attack on the team's bus, coach Thomas Tuchel said.

Tuchel expects Marc Bartra to be out for up to four weeks with the broken he suffered during the attack.

Three explosives shattered windows and injured Dortmund defender Marc Bartra in an attack German authorities said was suspected to have "terrorist involvement".

"We have to find a way to deal with it, but I am not sure how".

Speaking after Dortmund lost the replayed game 3-2 on Wednesday night, German boss Thomas Tuchel insisted he and his team were unhappy at the lack of consultation regarding the restaging of the fixture.

"The more time we get, the better", Tuchel said Thursday, adding he hoped Marco Reus could make his return. I was on the way home from Melwood and Matt called me and told me something happened.

"We would have wanted to have more time to digest all of this".

Tuchel had been critical of the decision to go ahead with the quarter-final first-leg game a day after the bomb attacks saying, "The dates are given to us and we have to function". We all experienced the attack in a different way.

The team, said Watzke, would "play for everyone", though Dortmund initially struggled to contain one of the most potent frontlines on the continent, falling two goals behind before the break - one of them an own goal - with Monaco also missing a penalty. "All my thoughts are with those in Dortmund and I am glad they are able to go forward". I know a lot of the people who were on this bus personally and, unfortunately, this is a big theme at the minute in our football business.

But Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said Tuesday that a congested calendar meant there was little option for postponing the game further.

And while Michael Caulfield, director of Sporting Edge, praised the German club's players for being "resolute" he also believes it was "a huge ask" for them to perform at their peak.

Bild headlined after a match in which the Dortmund players demonstrated morale but could not prevent some key decisions going against them.

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



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