Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel has taken a swipe at UEFA after his side were forced to play the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final less than 24 hours after the team bus was attacked.
The Bundesliga outfit were beaten 3-2 in the rescheduled game against Monaco at the Westfalenstadion but the players did look affected by events last night.
The team's transport felt the force of three explosions in the vicinity of the team hotel and while only Marc Bartra sustained superficial injuries, the players were understood to be feeling the effects of shock afterwards.
"We were never asked, we were informed by a text message that the UEFA made a decision in Switzerland. It felt lousy. And that sticks with us," revealed an angry Tuchel about the re-fixing of the game.
"Minutes after the attacks the only question was whether the game could go through or not. We were treated as if a beer can was thrown at the bus. It gives you a feeling of impotence.
"It will stick with us that we have to function and that everything else plays no role. We are outside of the bus, Marc gets driven away in an ambulance, and we are informed about the decision. It does not feel good."
Tuchel gave the players the option of not playing if they did not feel ready to.
"We left it open to every player if he wants to play. We realised this morning that training is a distraction. Every player, every human, and this attack was on us as humans, can be scared stiff by this.
"But all of them wanted to play. We would have wanted to have more time to digest all of this. We did not get this time. We have to live with the fact that the match was scheduled."
Kylian Mbappe and an own goal from Sven Bender gave Monaco a comfortable half-time lead but Dortmund looked much improved after half-time.
Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa scored either side of Mbappe's second goal of the night to make it 3-2 at full-time to the French club who host the second leg.