Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Dortmund 'emotionally stable' ahead of Monaco decider

Dortmund 'emotionally stable' ahead of Monaco decider

Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel says his side were in an "awkward mindset" when their team bus was delayed before Wednesday's Champions League second leg at Monaco.

Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund at 2:45pm on Fox Sports 1 in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Monaco won the first leg 3-2 at Signal Iduna Park, with Mbappe scoring a brace in the fixture.

Leonardo Jardim insisted Monaco will stay true to their attacking philosophy after advancing to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The Monaco whizkid is putting every single opponent he faces to the sword at the moment, with the Champions League particularly a competition he's flourishing in.

Nobody expected Monaco - conquerors of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the last round - to get this far but they have done it playing a superb brand of football that has yielded 141 goals so far this season. While Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid had already booked a place in the last four earlier, Juventus and Monaco joined them on Wednesday.

Player to watch: Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who must get going against his former club. Dortmund said their bus had been held up by police at their hotel for 20 minutes.

In all the games Dortmund played this season, Reus spent only 1,090 minutes on the pitch but was involved in 13 goals (seven goals, six assists).

"Now we need to put in a good performance and I am convinced we can do it".

And it took just three minutes of this second-leg encounter for Mbappe to pounce on a Roman Burki error at Stade Louis II to become the first player to score in his first four knockout-stage appearances.

Monaco were without influential Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who missed a penalty in the first leg, due to suspension, so Tiemoue Bakayoko and Joao Moutinho partnered one another in midfield. "I think the players are ready and are working well. Everyone was prepared and in the bus, but we couldn't move for 16 or 17 minutes", Tuchel said. "I expect Dortmund to be much stronger, they will have overcome to some extent the events of the first leg".

With Dortmund pushing forward in numbers, Monaco was stretched down both flanks but, equally, it was left exposed to Monaco's slick counterattacking.

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