After a tragic bus attack that went viral in a matter of minutes, Dortmund bid farewell to a chance at the Champions League title. They lost to Monaco by a 3-1 defeat, and a 6-3 aggregate disadvantage. But is this the result of the bus attack or general poor performance?
According to AFP, Dortmund’s goalkeeper Roman Burki is highly disappointed about this downfall. Dortmund could have performed better if it were not for the bus attack, affecting the mental capacity of the team, he said.
He further mentioned “We weren't 100 percent ready from the first second, perhaps we were too intent on scoring.” This made it impossible to overturn their 3-2 score in the first leg.
After going through with the first leg of the quarter finals, Dortmund “complained they were traumatised by the events of the previous 24 hours.”
German coach Thomas Tuchel responded to this tragedy by saying “After what happened to us, there is hardly a worse feeling than sitting together again on a bus which isn't moving. It was an oppressive feeling”.
Although Marco Reus tried to salvage the situation with a goal for his team, this could not do justice to Monaco’s playing strategy as Germain came off the bench and set Monaco for the win.
Sky pundit Jansen said “That wasn't the Dortmund we know. That was a team who wanted to do everything, but just couldn't do it.”
Monaco advances to meet Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the semi-finals.