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More to life than football says Borussia Dortmund's Nuri Sahin

More to life than football says Borussia Dortmund's Nuri Sahin

After Borussia Dortmund's fans opened their doors to Monaco rivals stranded by a bomb attack that postponed their match, the visitors returned the solidarity gesture Wednesday decked out in the German squad's black and yellow.

The team, said Watzke, would "play for everyone", though Dortmund initially struggled to contain one of the most potent frontlines on the continent, falling two goals behind before the break - one of them an own goal - with Monaco also missing a penalty.

After the match, Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said UEFA's actions made the club feel "impotent".

"We might assume that further attacks are planned and we need to take these things seriously", he said.

"We will speak with our president and with our coach". It was a somewhat powerless feeling.

Despite the congested calendar in the final months of the season, Dortmund believed the game could have been shifted to a later date.

If Bartra does return in four weeks, he might be able to play in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals.

There is little doubt that the attack had an impact on the German performances and there is likely to be a somber, if defiant, atmosphere at grounds around the country at the weekend. We have to accept it and deal with it. We got news, every half an hour. However, Klopp, who spent eight successful years at Dortmund, was understandably concerned for his friends.

Midfielder Nuri Sahin didn't want to be back on the field so soon after being involved in such a traumatic experience. We love football. I know we earn a lot of money, we have a privileged life, but we are human beings.

"Last evening we felt how it was like to be in a situation like this".

As the squad geared up for kick-off yesterday, Dortmund's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watze vowed that his side "will play not only for ourselves today".

"I am just happy to be alive, it was the worst day of my life", he added, referring to the night of the attack. "Each player had the right to start with a somewhat queasy feeling". If you want to be silent, be silent. Asked about any security concerns he might have in his Boro press conference, he said: "You have two securities: one internal security organised by the club, and then the public security organised by the state, or the government". It makes us incredibly sad but also incredibly fortunate to be standing here today, especially when you hear the details that are coming out (from the investigation).


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