Borussia's Sokratis (R) reacts after the UEFA Champions League quarter final
Borussia's Sokratis (R) reacts after the UEFA Champions League quarter final FRIEDEMANN VOGEL

Dortmund player gives emotional interview after explosion

BORUSSIA Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin says he will never forget the faces of his team-mates after their team bus was targeted with explosives on Tuesday evening.

Three explosions went off as the bus departed for the stadium for Tuesday night's Champions League match with Monaco and defender Marc Bartra required an operation for a broken bone in his right wrist after he was injured in the incident.

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.

Sahin, a second-half substitute, gave an emotional interview after the game, insisting he does not wish anybody to have a feeling like he did on Tuesday evening.

Sahin told Viasat in Norway: "It's hard, hard to talk about it, hard to find the right words. We saw it a lot of times on TV, it was far, far away from it, even when it was in Istanbul in my country on New Year's Eve. It was close but also very far from us.

"Last evening we felt how it was like to be in a situation like this. I don't wish anyone to have a feeling like this.

"I get goosebumps. When you were on the bus last night, I can't forget the faces. I will never forget these faces in my life for sure. When I saw Marc there, when I sat next to Schmelzer, and I saw Schmelzer's face, it was unbelievable."

Tuchel admits his side felt "powerless" about the rescheduling of the match, saying the decision was made in Switzerland where UEFA are based.

Sahin admits he was not thinking about football until he got on the pitch after half time, and insisted all footballers are human.

Dortmund's Nuri Sahin, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lukasz Piszczek, Matthias Ginter and Julian Weigl, from left, react after losing 2-3 during the Champions League quarter-final
Dortmund's Nuri Sahin, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lukasz Piszczek, Matthias Ginter and Julian Weigl, from left, react after losing 2-3 during the Champions League quarter-final Martin Meissner

"I don't know if the people can understand this, but until I was on the pitch in the second half I did not think about football to be honest.

"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.

"I know football is very important, we love football, we suffer with football, we love football. I know we earn a lot of money, we have a privileged life, but we are human beings, and there is so much more than football in this world, and last night we felt it."

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