Dortmund fume over bus delay before loss in Monaco

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

Marco Reus rued Borussia Dortmund's slow start after they were eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the Champions League by Monaco. They have climbed to the top of the Ligue 1 table by averaging almost three goals a game, and Jardim vowed his side will not alter their style with the Bundesliga outfit in the principality.

Monaco won the rescheduled game at Dortmund 3-2 last Wednesday, with Borussia Dortmund clear that they thought it was a game they shouldn't have had to play so soon.

"In the first leg it was impossible for us to play the game in the way we needed to do", he said.

Fast forward to the present and Falcao, who scored in Wednesday's 3-1 win against Dortmund with a superb diving header, has 27.

But any thoughts of a revival were ended by Germain, another replacement, as he converted following a swift Monaco break only 22 seconds after taking the field in place of Mbappe. "We knew that they give a lot of space and we took advantage from it".

Apart from the long-term injured Mario Goetze, Andre Schuerrle and Sebastian Rode - as well as Marc Bartra, who was wounded in the bomb attack on the team bus - manager Thomas Tuchel has a full contingent to choose from. Fabinho is missing because of suspension and the last time the Ligue 1 leaders were without the influential midfielder they lost 4-1 to Paris St Germain in the French League Cup final.

Monaco scored twice in the first 17 minutes to effectively settle the tie.

Bartra was there to support his teammates in Monaco, but it was another hard night as their bus was delayed in leaving for the ground, held up by police for security reasons.

"We wanted to leave at 7:15 p.m".

The away defence backed off as Benjamin Mendy advanced and when the full-back's powerful left-foot strike stung the palms of goalkeeper Roman Burki, the 18-year-old Mbappe was on hand to convert the rebound.

On the eve of the return leg, the mindset of Tuchel and his players is different: a mixture of pride, motivation and defiance.

But Giuly, who had two spells at Monaco, reaching the final of Europe's elite competition in 2004, has called for the hype around Mbappe to be calmed ahead of a second full senior campaign.

"He won't be able to play all the games at this level".

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