Klopp questions decision to make Dortmund play so soon after attack

Klopp questions decision to make Dortmund play so soon after attack

Tuchel claims the club were informed of the decision by text message and Bartra was still in hospital while his team-mates were losing the first leg 3-2 to Monaco.Klopp agrees with Tuchel that UEFA underestimated the mental scars inflicted on the Dortmund players by such a traumatic experience.

The 26-year-old had an operation on Tuesday after breaking the radial bone in his arm when three explosions went off ear the bus as it made its way to the stadium.

The bomb attack on the bus as it was en route to the home quarter-final first leg against Monaco on Tuesday left defender Marc Bartra injured and the team in shock.

Klopp did not criticise UEFA for rearranging the Champions League tie in Dortmund less than 24 hours later. I only thought about them.

But Klopp said: "I can 100 per cent understand both sides - it was hard to find another date".

"I'm pretty sure if some of the people who made the decision (to play the match) afterwards had been on the bus they would not have played the game but when you are not on the bus you can not really imagine how it was exactly".

"There is not a real announcement in this moment, but what I can probably say is "yes", said Klopp when asked whether Gerrard was to become coach of a youth team.

"I was really proud of Dortmund, how they handled it and created this atmosphere". Again, the game was not too important but when they played the game they tried to be at their best.

He said on Scandinavian TV: "I don't know if people can understand this, but until I was on the pitch in the second half I did not think about football to be honest". It will obviously take time to deal with it in a proper way.

Klopp was clearly shaken by the incident having spent so long at Dortmund and been a big figure while he was in charge there.

"The pain, the panic, and the uncertainty of not knowing what was going on, nor how long it would last. they were the longest and hardest 15 minutes of my life", the Spain worldwide wrote on Instagram on Friday. We should not let them (the perpetrators) affect our life.

"We have to carry on and we will carry on".

"We think about them (Dortmund) of course but we have to carry on and that will happen".

The team, said Watzke, would "play for everyone", though Dortmund initially struggled to contain one of the most potent frontlines on the continent, falling two goals behind before the break - one of them an own goal - with Monaco also missing a penalty.