Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

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Tuesday's bus blast involved three explosives hidden in a hedge and remotely triggered as the vehicle left Borussia Dortmund's hotel and headed for the stadium 10km (6 miles) away.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos suggested he felt Dortmund players had been treated like "animals", while Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim admitted it was hard for the players to concentrate as his side secured a 3-2 victory.

However, coach Thomas Tuchel was not pleased with how quickly the match went on.

Jurgen Klopp was proud of Borussia Dortmund's response following the attack that hit their team bus ahead of the Champions League meeting with Monaco on Tuesday, though he initially feared for his friends at the club.

'I don't know if people can understand this, but until I was on the pitch, in the second half, I didn't think about football to be honest, ' he said.

"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". It was the most hard day in my life and I hope that nobody else has to live this day.

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Unfortunately for them, the unassigned jump from row 24 to 21 meant they were now sitting in an upgraded "economy plus" area. Further, Hohl and Maxwell said they returned to their seats after being instructed to do so by airline employees.

Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin made it clear that his thoughts were far from the field in the rescheduled Champions League quarterfinal match against Monaco on Wednesday - a game Dortmund lost 3-2 after an uncharacteristically hesitant start.

One man who was particularly distressed by the events was Liverpool boss Klopp, who led Dortmund to a series of Bundesliga titles during his time at the club.

"I had contact with a few people but I didn't want to bother them with my silly questions". We weren't asked about playing the game.

"These days, when I see my wrist, swollen and badly injured, I feel pride".

"Again, the game was not too important but when they played the game, they tried to be at their best and after the game I saw the faces of my former players and I saw the shock in their eyes. But in all parts of life we can only give 100 per cent and I'm sure everyone is doing this to give you the best security you can have".

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".

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