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Dortmund Star: We Did Not Want To Play After Bus Attack

A Borussia Dortmund star reveals the players did not want to play against AS Monaco a day after their team bus was hit by an explosion.

Read: Dortmund's Team Bus Hit By Explosion, One Player Injured

Dortmund were expected to clash with the Ligue 1 leaders in a UEFA Champions League encounter on Tuesday evening.

However, an explosion went off near the team bus and defender, Marc Batra was injured and rushed to hospital.

The match was moved to the next day, and Dortmund suffered a 3-2 defeat on home soil, but Nuri Sahin claims the players did not want to play.

"It's hard to talk about, it's hard to find the right words," the Turkey international told Viasport.

"It's hard to talk about it, hard to find the right words [about the attack]. No, of course we did not want to play, but we knew we had responsibilities, we represent one of the biggest clubs in the world, it's a big competition, the Champions League.

"We tried to give everything we could and in this situation, we still played a good game. Football is really nothing after what we have experienced.

"We saw a lot of times on TV and it was far, far away - even when it was in Istanbul in my country on New Year's Eve, it was close but also very far from us.

"Last night we felt how it is to be in a situation like this. I don't wish anyone a feeling like this.

"I don't know if people can understand this but until I was on the pitch in the second half I didn't think about football to be honest. 

"Last night I didn't realise what had happened, and when I was at home and my wife and son were waiting in front of the door, there I felt how lucky we were.

"I know football is very important. We love football, we suffer with football, we love football. I know we earn a lot of money, have a privileged life, but we are human beings and there is so much more than football in this world and last night we felt it.
"When you were in the bus last night I can't forget the faces, I will never forget the faces in my life for sure when I saw Marc there and I sit next to Schmelle I will never forget Schmelle's face."
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