Thomas Tuchel: 'Bus attack will make Borussia Dortmund stronger'


The first leg of the Monaco and Borussia Dortmund quarterfinal was delayed a day, after a bomb was exploded near the Dortmund team bus.

Monaco have taken Europe by storm this season and Wednesday's 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund took them into the semi-finals of the Champions League.

"We can expect a lot stronger Dortmund than in the first leg".

Monaco doubled their tally three minutes later as Falcao perfectly timed his header to beat Burki from Thomas Lemar's cross from the left.

AS Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim says his side are not going to shy away from their attacking style during the Champions League semi-finals.

Monaco may not have been directly targeted in the attack but the events and subsequent postponement were still hard to deal with for Leonardo Jardim and his young side, who saw teenage prodigy Kylian Mbappe score twice in the first leg.

Goals from Falcao and Valere Germain ensured victory in France, despite Marco Reus giving Dortmund hope after fine work from speed machine Ousmane Dembele.

The goal was Mbappe's 16th in 16 matches for Monaco and marked his fifth in the knockout stage of the competition, tying Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo this term. We're ready and focused.

Bartra was there to support his teammates in Monaco but it was another hard night as their bus was delayed in leaving for the ground, held up by police for security reasons.

"In the first leg it was impossible to approach the game with the concentration and mentality needed to deliver a top-level performance".

Thomas Tuchel: "We need to play well and I'm convinced we can do it".

Ahead of the return match, Dortmund players were escorted to the airport by police, WDR reported, as security was tightened.

"You come into such a game trying to have a clear mind to go out and turn the tie around, but with just an hour and a quarter to go before the match, we were not able to think about football at all and it wasn't ideal".

Borussia Dortmund player ratings: Burki 4, Piszczek 5, Papastathopoulos 5, Ginter 6, Durm 3, Weigl 7, Sahin 4, Guerreiro 5, Kagawa 6, Reus 7, Aubameyang 5. "I am very optimistic because we know our quality, even if we are aware that we are up against a quality side". Monaco was stretched down both flanks but, equally, Dortmund was increasingly exposed to Monaco's slick counterattacking.

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