Champions League: Monaco Charge Into Semi-Finals After Vibrant Win Against Dortmund

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This quarter-hour [delay] meant we couldn't think of football, although we were actually well-prepared for the game. "We didn't have so many chances to pass (on Wednesday night)".

"We didn't have so much luck sometimes so we were searching for the luck".

The Ligue 1 leaders, the first team in the Champions League to reach the last four after going through two preliminary rounds, had the game nearly wrapped up after early goals by youngster Kylian Mbappe and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.

Thomas Tuchel said Borussia Dortmund's morale was affected when police stopped their team bus from leaving the hotel before Wednesday's Champions League game against Monaco - calling it "the worst thing that can happen".

Dortmund nearly pulled level in the 12th minute, when Nihi Sahin hit the post on a direct free kick.

However, any hopes the Germans had of staying the competition were snuffed out when Monaco sub Valere Germain netted late on, just 22 seconds after coming off the bench.

Dortmund, runners-up in 2013, were ultimately outclassed by a vibrant young Monaco side but Tuchel is convinced the outcome would have been different without last week's attack.

"He won't be able to play all the games at this level. The French clubs aren't used to reaching this level, so we are also representing France". Monaco got past Fenerbahce and then beat Spanish side Villarreal to reach the group stages.

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Jardim added in a press conference: "There are now three great teams (in the draw) with a lot of experience".

"Everyone was on the bus and the police were ready to accompany us, but then we were told we had to wait", Tuchel said.

"In the first leg, it was impossible for us to play the game and take it seriously in the way we needed to do".

Whatever the reasons behind the travel issues, there was nothing but support for Dortmund inside the ground.

Thomas Tuchel has admitted his Borussia Dortmund side simply weren't up to scratch as they crashed out of the Champions League.

"We started well with one or two unsafe moves where we found some space and then conceded an unlucky goal". After every step we've taken we've looked at it and we've kept working, ' Mbappe said following the emphatic quarter-final victory over Dortmund, as reported by Goal.

"We said at the half-time break that we could still score three in the second-half, but their third goal was a knock-out (punch)".

"Unfortunately we didn't have the quality, energy or the luck to get into the semi-finals".

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