Apr 19, 2017 at 7.50pm UK at ​Stade Louis II
MonacoAS Monaco
DortmundBorussia Dortmund
Mbappe (3'), Falcao (17'), Germain (82')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Reus (48')

Thomas Tuchel: 'Bus delay affected Borussia Dortmund players'

Tuchel: 'Bus delay affected Dortmund players'
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Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel says that his players were "not able to think about football" after their bus was delayed by police ahead of their defeat at AS Monaco.

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that his players were "not able to think about football" ahead of their 3-1 defeat at AS Monaco in the Champions League.

The Bundesliga club's team bus was stopped by police for 20 minutes as it was making its way to the Stade Louis II on Wednesday, forcing the quarter-final second leg's kickoff back by five minutes.

Eight days earlier, Dortmund's coach was targeted by explosives, which shattered windows, injured defender Marc Bartra and shocked the club's players and staff.

"The bus was supposed to depart at 7.15pm. Everyone was on the bus and the police were ready to accompany us, but then we were told we had to wait," Tuchel told Sky Sports News.

"We stayed there for 16 or 17 minutes and when we tried to find out why, they just said it was for security reasons. It was the worst thing that could happen a week after the attack, everyone was on the bus ready to go but we were not allowed to.

"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."

The result on the night meant that Dortmund were knocked out of the Champions League 6-3 on aggregate.

Dortmund's head coach Thomas Tuchel looks on prior the German first division football Bundesliga match Borussia Dortmund vs FC Schalke 04 on November 8, 2015, 2015
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