Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Leonardo Jardim: 'AS Monaco will not deviate from attacking style'

The Dortmund player who suffered a broken wrist in the attack on the team bus, Spanish defender Marc Bartra, was in the stands and received a Monaco shirt before the start of the match.

Barcelona must rest and regroup for this weekend's trip to play Real Madrid in a "clasico" match that will go a long way to deciding the Spanish league title.

"We are a very close group, we all want the same thing, we flourish together, and that's reflected on the pitch", the French global said.

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel was philosophical after a hard tie from the moment his team's bus was attacked before the first leg last week.

They have scored at least three goals for the fifth consecutive time in the competition. "We know it will be very tough, but we have the energy and confidence we need to get a result".

Marco Reus, who missed the first leg with a thigh injury, swept home shortly after half-time as Dortmund threatened a fightback. "We're the team that's playing the most in Europe". Prior to Wednesday's game, Dortmund's bus was held up by police at the team hotel and kickoff was briefly delayed.

"We're competitors and we want to be involved in every competition".

"It was the worst thing that could happen a week after the attack - everyone was on the bus ready to go, but we were not allowed to", manager Thomas Tuchel said.

On the pitch, Dortmund conceded after just three minutes. He made his goal look so simple, to caress it in the corner like he did.

The side drawn first in each tie will play the first leg at home.

Reus pulled one back when he turned in a right-wing cross from substitute Ousmane Dembele to offer some hope, before Germain sprinted through to send Stade Louis II crowd into raptures.

After the drama of last week's attack, this was a welcome return to euphoric, attacking football that was a joy to watch from start to finish.

"At this level you can not set limits for your players".

French prodigy Kylian Mbappe continued his spectacular rise in European soccer, shattering records and firing a free-scoring Monaco to the semi-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Falcao lofted a shot narrowly over after breaking down the right in the 65th and Mbappe had a low shot saved moments later from a similar position.

The whole Monaco bench rushed to jump on him: a symbolic image of Monaco's teamwork.

Tuchel has become more than a coach to his players in the last few days, reaching out to them on an emotional level. "It wasn't a day for speaking about individuals".

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