Thomas Tuchel has vented his frustrations after his Borussia Dortmund side fell to a 3-2 defeat to Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final tie.
After the match was postponed, due to several attacks on the team's bus, during which defender Marc Bartra was injured, the BVB boss was understandably aggrieved that his side were given less than 24 hours to recover from the incident.
Monaco are the first non-German team to win at Signal Iduna Park since December 2015, ending their 34-game unbeaten home run. pic.twitter.com/5ahMSI9Rhg— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 12, 2017
"The situation is absurd," Tuchel told a news conference. "We only had 15 players available in the squad.
"We would have wanted to have more time to digest all of this. We did not get this time. We have to live with the fact that the match was scheduled.
"It's about our dream, our big dream, and the squad did not have the feeling they could make the difference in the small situations.
"Later in the afternoon, we encouraged the players to go into the match.
Thomas Tuchel explains why the decision to play Monaco on Wednesday was wrong, slams UEFA pic.twitter.com/IGiBC4EQcY— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) April 13, 2017
"Minutes after the attacks the only question was whether the game could go through or not.
We were treated as if a beer can was thrown at the bus. It gives you a feeling of impotence."
Dortmund went in at the interval 2-0 down, following an offside goal from Kylian Mbappe, and a calamitous own goal by deputising centre back Sven Bender. Fabinho also missed his first ever penalty for the visitors, after BVB conceded a spot kick that was soft at best.
Dortmund were able to rally for the second half, and played much better, with high quality goals from Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa. Tuchel echoed this post-match, and sung his team's praises.
"The spirit in the second half was great.
"I liked the second half very much. The first half was not good and how it went for us was bitter.
"The first goal was offside, you have to see that. Overall you can say it was two own goals and a penalty against us today. That was not good. The running of the game never favoured us.
"This was about being brave and we showed we are brave. This is not forgotten and this is not dealt with."