There will be sympathy for Dortmund, whose coach Thomas Tuchel claimed it was “absurd” to play last week’s first leg so soon after the incident with the team bus, and they will wonder what might have been had Nuri Sahin’s free-kick not rebounded off the post with the score at 1-0 here.
MONACO attempt to reach the Champions League semi-finals when they take on Borussia Dortmund. Marco Reus scored in the 48 minute to cut the lead but 2-1 became 3-1 when Valere Germain netted in the 81 minute to nearly complete a famous victory for the French team.
Leonardo Jardim’s side secured a 3-2 victory in Germany last week. “We were very solid, but we also showed a lot of ambition”. “I try to help by sharing my feelings and we learn things together through this process”.
With his club still going through the darkest hours of their history, Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is counting on Reus to give his team an “energy boost”. Now we have to play well and I’m convinced we can do that.
Tuchel said that Monaco’s early goals “destroyed our belief a bit” and resulted in “too many mistakes” being made.
Dortmund said on its Twitter feed that the bus had been held up by police at their hotel for 20 minutes. Kickoff was briefly delayed.
Despite holding an advantage of three away goals, Falcao believes Dortmund will come fighting for the win.
It was from his first burst from full-back that Mendy forced Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki to parry a long-range effort into the path of Mbappe, and the prolific teenager finished smartly.
“Our heads have to be focused on tomorrow’s game, we’re 90 minutes into the Champions League semi-finals but that’s true for our opponents as well”.
In the night’s other match, Barcelona went out after drawing 0-0 at home to Juventus, which won the first leg 3-0.
Monaco joined Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus in the last four of Europe’s premier club competition, becoming the first French team to achieve the feat since Olympique Lyonnais in 2010.
Monaco’s high speed attack will undoubtedly cause trouble to Dortmund with the likes Kylian Mbappe, Radamel Falcao and Bernardo Silva looking so slick on the attack and counter.
“Maybe Marco can play for us from the start”.
The Dortmund travelling fans situated in a corner of the stadium responded with chants of “Monaco!”.
Monaco made a fast start.
“At this level you can not set limits for your players”.