Bus delay 'worst thing that could happen' to Dortmund - Tuchel

  • Bus delay 'worst thing that could happen' to Dortmund - Tuchel

Bus delay 'worst thing that could happen' to Dortmund - Tuchel

Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel hit out at Uefa after the first leg, insisting his players need more than the 22-hour postponement but spoke this week of his players' readiness to compete this week.

The center of attraction tonight will be at Camp Nou where Barcelona will face Italian giants Juventus after losing the first leg in Turin 3 - 0.

Juventus join holders Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in Friday's semi-final draw.

"But he is so fast that sometimes he finds himself on his own even if he proved he can also play for his team mates", added the 40-year-old who was a member of the Monaco team who reached the Champions League final in 2004.

Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - who had a spell on loan at Monaco in 2010/11 - is in form in the competition, having scored seven times in eight Champions League games this term.

Monaco were forced to push their Ligue 1 game at home to Dijon FCO on Saturday back by four hours in the hope of giving their players additional rest following the incidents that marred last week's first leg in Dortmund and caused the game to be delayed 24 hours.

Marco Reus has returned to first-team action and should start against Monaco with Borussia Dortmund 3-2 down from the first leg. "But we expect a much stronger Dortmund team".

"After what happened to us, there is hardly a worse feeling than sitting together again on a bus which isn't moving".

Bartra is still unable to play but took his seat on the Dortmund bench, dressed in the club's yellow and black tracksuit.

"I don't think there is any fear, frankly it is good to think about something else and not be stuck at home", Reus said when asked of the mood in the camp.

Nuri Sahin cracked a free-kick off a post at the other end and Monaco survived that scare to increase their lead on 17 minutes at the end of a counter-attack.

"We have taken France into the semifinals".

As Dortmund kept pushing forward in numbers, Monaco was stretched down both flanks but, equally, Dortmund was increasingly exposed to slick counterattacking. "We are here to win by two goals". "We felt ready to push for a semi-final place before the tie but things changed dramatically".

"We try not to let pressure get into our heads and play the way we usually do".

"The departure of the bus was scheduled for 19:15 so everybody was in the bus at that time and police were there to escort us to the stadium", Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel said. "We did not have the quality, the energy and the luck to equalise", Tuchel said.