Borussia Dortmund players will pull together amid the bomb blast crisis, the club chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said.
Dortmund’s team bus was hit by a bomb explosion in what the police have described as a ‘targeted attack’.
Bartra was the only player injured in the terror attack, which happened as the team bus left the hotel for the stadium ahead of the Champions League quarter-final clash against Monaco.
The match was then postponed and now Watzke has called for unity in the wake of the horrific attack.
“The team and the coaches are of course in shock,” Watzke told Sky. “We must now channel it in some way.”
“It will not be easy to get it out of our mind. In such a crisis situation, all of Borussia Dortmund will pull together. I think the team will feel it tomorrow.”
He also explained how the attack has affected the BVB stars.
“There was an explosive strike in the immediate vicinity of the hotel exit,” he said.
“When the squad moved from the hotel parking lot to Wittbrauckerstrasse, three explosive devices were triggered there.”
“Marc Bartra has been taken to the hospital. He hurt himself on the hand.”
“We then contacted the security delegates and colleagues from Monaco. The game will be played tomorrow at 18:45CET. The tickets remain valid.”
“Overall, I have to express a huge compliment to our fans, who have carried it very well, objectively, reasonably and solidly.”
Meanwhile, club president Reinhard Rauball has backed his players as he suggested that his team will bounce back and will put forward a positive display.
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“Of course this is an extremely difficult situation for the players,” Rauball told Sky. “But they are professionals and I am convinced that they will put that away and will bring their performance tomorrow.”
“It would be a bad thing for those who did that to succeed, because the team is influenced in some way.”