Borussia Dortmund may be down, but they are far from out. Despite suffering a 3-2 loss at the Signal Iduna Park to Monaco in the first leg of the Champions League Quarterfinals, Dortmund is still a force to be reckoned with.
You should never make excuses for losses, but postponing the match just one day after an explosion put Marc Bartra in the hospital is a bit unfair for the black and yellows. On the day of the scheduled Champions League tie between Dortmund and Monaco, an unexpected explosion rattled Borussia Dortmund’s team bus.
Defender Marc Bartra was the only injured team member after the incident, but the mental state of the players following an apparent terrorist act must have been damaged. And to postpone the game just one day after such an event doesn’t seem entirely fair to the affected Borussia Dortmund squad.
It’s likely that the next leg will play out a lot differently, as long as terrorism is not an issue. With Marco Reus back from his injury, Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League play should improve tenfold.
According to @brfootball on Instagram, Marco Reus scored just two minutes into his Bundesliga return today in a 3-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt. Reus is a pivotal figure for the black and yellows, and his inclusion in the Champions League Quarterfinals next week will surely worry Monaco’s defense.
It isn’t definite that Borussia Dortmund would have won had their bus not been attacked, but it’s safe to say that the postponement of the match to the following day was a bit too soon after the explosion. The first leg was also played without the talents of Marco Reus whose presence in the second leg should make a positive impact for Borussia Dortmund.
The black and yellows will be looking for redemption after losing at home in the first leg of the Quarterfinals. And while a 3-2 aggregate score is tough to overcome, Borussia Dortmund’s quality could eliminate the Ligue One leaders from the Champions League.