Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Klopp questions decision to make Dortmund play so soon after attack

Klopp questions decision to make Dortmund play so soon after attack

The first leg was moved from Tuesday following explosions as Dortmund travelled from their hotel to Signal Iduna Park, with defender Marc Bartra forced to undergo surgery due to a broken wrist.

Dortmund's manager Thomas Tuchel also spoke about how the past couple of days felt, and he expressed frustration with how little say the club got in how and when the match was played.

"We were told by text message".

"We will speak with our president and with our coach".

"It was a somewhat powerless feeling". Every player has the right to deal with it in his way. But at the same time, we know that we are only half way.

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA competitions when he struck twice as holders Real Madrid came from behind to beat 2-1 at Bayern Munich in the first leg quarterfinal.

They lost the game, but realised there is more to life than soccer.

Liverpool boss Klopp, who won two Bundesliga titles and was a runner-up in the 2012-13 Champions League during his seven years in charge of Dortmund, admitted it was hard to see how a club and players he knows well were affected, though he could understand the decision-making process on the UEFA side too.

"They [UEFA] have to understand that we are not animals".

"I wish him the best recovery possible", said Guardiola. We have to live with the fact that the match was scheduled. I am happy that all the players are alive, and all the staff are alive.

"We were in touch with all parties today and never received any information which suggested that any of the teams did not want to play", the statement added. "A decision made in Switzerland that concerns us directly. Then the terrorists have already won".

He felt Uefa had not taken the attack seriously enough and claimed "we weren't asked at all at any time" about whether to proceed with the game.

"I saw the game and I was really proud of Dortmund".

"It's an incomprehensible decision from UEFA to put Dortmund under pressure".

The Dortmund players clearly struggled on the pitch with Monaco now favourites to reach the last four.

After the final whistle, several Dortmund stars were still shell-shocked by the attack 24 hours before. "The players had the choice not to play but no one chose this option".

Team-mate Julian Weigl added on the club website: "At the start of the match you could see the events were hanging over us".

"We have to function like puppets", the Dortmund captain said. "Until kick-off, everything was all still in my head, but not football", said Turkey global midfielder Sahin. I can not forget the faces.

I hope that what happened to us, never happens to anyone else.

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