Dortmund's Sokratis: 'I feel like an animal'

Hazel Gray
April 19, 2017

German media had questioned rearranging the match so quickly after three explosives had shattered windows and injured Dortmund defender Marc Bartra en route to the Westfalenstadion for a tie which was originally to be played Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Dortmund's Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos echoed his manager, telling ESPN FC after the game that European football's governing body made him feel "like an animal". We didn't get the time.

Bartra wrote: "Today, I received in hospital the happiest visit".

However, Gerrard has closely aligned himself with the under-18s side and is set to take over a more permanent role with them in the summer as part of a reshuffle promoted by under-21 coach Michael Beale's move to Sao Paulo earlier this year. I don't wish anyone a feeling like this. We love football. I know we earn a lot of money, we have a privileged life, but we are human beings.

"Of course, no one was thinking about football before the game and I believe that was obvious from the way it began". The date was imposed on us.

"I'm doing better now, it (the game) was good as a distraction", said 23-year-old Germany worldwide Matthias Ginter in barely more than a whisper. Oh yeah, when I saw Marc there and I saw Schmelle (Marcel Schmelzer), I sat next to Schmelle and I will never forget Schmelle's face.

"Last night I didn't realise what happened until I got through the door and my wife and son were waiting, there I felt how lucky we were".

The match was rescheduled for Wednesday, which Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel was disappointed about after the manager and players were not consulted, a game that the hosts lost 3-2.

While Tuchel described it as "a feeling of helplessness", Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin was nearly lost for words when interviewed after the game by Danish TV network Viasat Sport. In a few days, we will not have digested completely but time helps us to find a solution. We do not want to use the situation as an excuse.

"We were attacked as men and we tried to solve the problem on the ground".

"We want to help every player to overcome his inner conflict".

Team flags flapped throughout the city Wednesday and dozens of fans gathered in a wind-swept parking lot outside the team's training complex in the morning, where four young women drew "You'll Never Walk Alone" in black markers.

"Later in the afternoon, we encouraged the players to go into the match".

Mbappe bundled in the opening goal before Sven Bender, filling in for Bartra in defence, headed into his own net.

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".

The team fought back after the break, to make it 2-1 in the 57th minute before Kylian Mbappe scored his second of the evening in the 79th minute for Monaco.

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