Just over a week since the terrorist attack on the German team’s coach, the journey was delayed en route to the stadium
BORUSSIA DORTMUND’S Champions League clash against Monaco has been delayed after police held up the German’s team bus.
It is not known as to what the reason for the delay, but the players were 20 minutes behind schedule.
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said: “The bus was scheduled for 19.15 CET, and everyone was there.
“The police were everywhere around the bus, traffic all around, and it was free [to go] but we did not move not one centimetre.
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“If you don’t want to have the situation after last week, we had the same situation; same team, again in the bus, we were ready to go and no-one goes. This was 16, 17 minutes, sitting there.
“I had the feeling that we were focused and full of joy to play this game but then there were awkward mindsets going around. Very calm, everybody was very quiet, and I did not feel so good. I’m not sure if it had an impact, you would have to ask the players. For me, not; for the players, I don’t know.”
Last Tuesday the club’s team coach was damaged when a series of explosions went off as it made its way to Westfalenstadion.
Defender Marc Bartra was injured as a result of the blasts, and required surgery on his wrist.
He is expected to be out of action for a minimum four weeks.
It is believed the vehicle was stopped by police outside the team hotel, before it had even set off to the Stade Louis II Stadium for the Champions League clash away at Monaco.
Manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed the delay, describing it as “very unfortunate.”
Dortmund are 3-2 down after the first leg.
German police are still hunting a car with foreign registration plates after last week’s “targeted” attack.
It’s believed an attacker was “watching and waiting” to set off the explosives, which were intended for the team.
It is possible they used a mobile phone or a garage door-opening device to detonate the devices.
Detectives revealed a letter, which claimed responsibility for the attack, is being forensically examined, but its authenticity has not yet been confirmed amid reports that in total three claims have been made.