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Dortmund CEO urges players to channel shock of bus explosion onto the pitch in rescheduled Champions League clash

Date Posted,April 11, 2017

Chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted Borussia Dortmund’s players may not be ready for their clash with Monaco after their bus was involved in an explosion.

Dortmund’s Champions League tie with Monaco was postponed on Tuesday after the incidents close to Westfalenstadion.

German police confirmed there were three separate incidents with saw defender Marc Bartra taken to hospital after sustaining injuries.

The clash with Monaco will go ahead on Wednesday and Watzke is hoping the players can channel their shock into a positive performance.

“The team is in shock. We must get through this,” admitted Watzke, who also praised the rapid response of the emergency services.

Police escort Dortmund’s players (Photo: AFP)
Dortmund players leave the scene (Photo: AFP)
The Borussia Dortmund team bus is seen after an explosion
The Borussia Dortmund team bus is seen after an explosion (Photo: REUTERS)

“In extreme situations, all Borussia fans move even closer together and I’m sure the team will feel that tomorrow.

“Technically, it’s possible to play tomorrow. If the players are able to shake this off is an entirely different matter.”

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