Dortmund's Nuri Sahin Gives Emotional Post-Match Interview Following Team Bus Explosion

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On Tuesday, three explosions went off as the Borussia Dortmund bus travelled to the club's stadium for their Champions League match against AS Monaco, injuring Spanish defender Marc Bartra and delaying the fixture by a day.

Spain defender Marc Bartra suffered a broken wrist and has subsequently had surgery, but no other players were hurt.

"A few minutes after this attack the only question that was asked was: 'Are you ready to play?' As if we had thrown a beer on our coach".

However, Tuchel said: "We would have liked more time to take stock".

"I'm pretty sure the people who make the decision afterwards, if they had been in the bus they would not have played the game", Klopp told a news conference in Liverpool.

The suspect detained in Germany following the Dortmund bus attack has links to Islamic State, it has been revealed.

Despite the congested calendar in the final months of the season, Dortmund believed the game could have been shifted to a later date.

But Tuchel says the result was put into perspective by the "shock" of Tuesday evening's events and the ongoing attempt to quantify what had happened.

But Sky pundit and ex-Germany global Lothar Matthaeus criticised UEFA, saying it was a mistake to play the game so soon after the attack.

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Following Tuchel's comments, Uefa released a statement saying the decision to play the match at 17:45 BST on Wednesday was made in "complete agreement with clubs and authorities".

"I don't know if the people can understand this but, until I was on the pitch in the second half, I didn't think about football", Dortmund player Nuri Sahin said after Wednesday's match.

Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere had said it was important for the match to go ahead: "we cannot make the mistake of being intimidated". I think the majority of us didn't get much sleep, myself included.

"I saw the game and I was really proud of Borussia Dortmund, how they handled it, how they created this atmosphere".

"Unless you experienced it, you can't understand how bad it was for us".

The German side lost the rescheduled game 3-2. Football is really nothing after what we have experienced. "It felt lousy. And that sticks with us", Tuchel said.

He added: "All of us do everything we can do".

"UEFA is eager to continue playing and, of course, we have to keep it going but we still want to be competitive".

"It's all different characters and it was very inspiring to see how we dealt with it in the second half". "It was the most hard day that I have lived in my life and I hope that nobody else has to live this day".

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