Thomas Tuchel reveals concerning bus delay ahead of Monaco return leg
Apr 21 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Teenage forward Kylian Mbappe, former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao and substitute Valere Germain netted for Monaco in their quarter-final second leg at Stade Louis II, while Marco Reus replied for Dortmund.
Monaco, which reached the semifinals in 2004 on its way to the final, will join 2015 runner-up Juventus, defending champion Real Madrid and beaten finalist Atletico Madrid in Friday's tough draw. We have nothing to lose and we are proud we can face a strong team like Juventus.
Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel vented his frustration after local police delayed the team bus when it was ready to leave the players' hotel for Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal against Monaco.
"Unfortunately we didn't have the quality, energy or the luck to get into the semi-finals", said Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel. After every step we've taken we've looked at it and we've kept working. We have a good mix between experienced and young players.
"This is the proof that the project we put in place a few years ago is working", rejoiced Monaco's Russian vice-president Vadim Vasilyev on Wednesday.
Before kickoff, Tuchel had told Sky: "We didn't know what was going on".
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But asked which side he feared the most, Jardim's answer spoke volumes for Monaco's confidence.
"It's only eight days after the awful attack so we shouldn't lend too much significance to the team's performance", added Tuchel, who was taking charge of Dortmund for the 100th time. "He won't be able to play all the games at this level. Our heads have to be focused on tomorrow's game, we're 90 minutes into the Champions League semi-finals but that's true for our opponents as well".
The clash was scheduled to kick off at 7.45pm, but will now start five minutes later due to extra police checks on the Dortmund bus. We are in constant contact with Marc Bartra and have noticed that he is doing better and that he wants to be back with us as soon as possible.
Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki failed to stop Mbappe's opener after he blocked a shot into his path and held up his hands to admit his error.
Monaco leads 3-2 from the first leg in Germany, but its chances of advancing without Fabinho, who is serving a suspension, have dropped.