German giants Borussia Dortmund could not play their first leg UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against Monaco on Tuesday night after the Dortmund team bus was damaged by an explosion.
The incident which took place near the team’s hotel saw defender Marc Bartra injure his hand and was rushed to the hospital, as the match will now be played at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion on Wednesday.
“The whole team is in a state of shock – you can’t get pictures like that out of your head,” said Dortmund chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Police are working on the assumption that the blasts were caused by “serious explosive devices,” which may have been hidden in a hedge near a car park.
However, speaking to reporters, the President of the club, Reinhard Rauball, admitted that the incident “is an extremely difficult situation for the players,” but is confident that the team will be able to perform well in the rescheduled game on Wednesday.
“They are professionals, and I am convinced that they will put that away and will bring their performance on Wednesday,” said Rauball.
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