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Dortmund's injured Bartra out for four weeks after bus attack

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Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 18:55

The roadside blasts left Dortmund's Spanish global Marc Bartra and a policeman injured, with the bombs "containing metal pieces" detonating minutes after the team bus set off to a planned Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday night.

Dortmund were 2-0 and 3-1 down to French side Monaco, for whom 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe scored twice. "We were told by text message that the decision had been made in Switzerland", said Tuchel after Wednesday's match. Coach Thomas Tuchel criticised the decision to make Dortmund play less than 24 hours removed from the attack. We will not forget it.

"It is a very bad feeling".

'A few minutes after this attack, the only question that was asked was, 'Are you ready to play?'.

"It is hard to speak about but only because in the world a lot of really difficult-to-understand things happen at this moment and as smart human beings we all think about this", he added. There was a feeling of helplessness. The date was imposed on us.

"We think about them (Dortmund) of course but we have to carry on and that will happen".

And midfielder Sahin spoke of the difficulty he and his team-mates had gone through in playing the game. "We did not know if more would come".

"Apparently there was no other possibility, but from our side, no one wanted to play".

Dortmund's players were shaken up after the attack.

Borussia Dortmund took to the field Wednesday in a distressing Champions League quarterfinal encounter with Monaco, a game that was rescheduled following a bomb attack on their team bus on Tuesday night. We're glad that we're alive and can go home.

"It's really, really hard to find a date in this really tight schedule but I think everyone would have understood if they said they did not want to play it".

I am happy that all the players are alive, and all the staff are alive.

"We aren't animals, we're humans, who have family and children at home", said the Greece global. And we are not animals.

Despite being deeply affected by the incident Klopp said it would have no effect on his work at Liverpool and preparations for Sunday's visit to West Bromwich Albion. There is so much more than football in this world.

"After the bang, we all crouched down in the bus".

"When I was on the bus last night, I can't forget the faces, I will never forget those faces". I get goosebumps. I can't forget the faces.

"The first goal was offside, you have to see that".

"We stayed very focused for two days for this game, the attacks perhaps changed the (Dortmund) players' concentration. Unfortunately, after the events of Tuesday, we were not in the best condition".

The result left the tie in the balance ahead of the second leg in England next week, as Leicester bid to maintain a fairytale run in their first season in Europe's elite club competition.

The ex- Dortmund defender took to his official Twitter page to tell the story as he thanked God for escaping the scare.