Speaking at the post-match press conference after Borussia Dortmund’s defeat to Monaco, Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel was highly critical of the UEFA’s decision to reschedule the game for Wednesday night.
The match was played less than a day after the Dortmund team bus was the subject of an attack using explosive devices.
Tuchel said the team had been treated as if it was ‘a beer can was thrown at the bus’ with the only question immediately after being whether or not the game would go ahead.
Despite Tuchel’s words, Roy Keane felt is was the right decision for the game to be played last night.
Keane was speaking on ITV’s Champions League highlights show on Wednesday night.
It was shocking, shocking scenes, especially with one of the players seriously injured, but I think it was right that the game went ahead. When you see the performances of both sets of player, they deserve great credit. They performed really well, a really entertaining game
If the game had been cancelled, you are almost letting the lunatics win. You have to get on with it and both teams deserve great credit for it.
Presenter Mark Pougatch then asked Keane how easy it is to put an experience like Tuesday evening out of your mind while you are on the pitch.
It’s difficult to answer that because I’ve never experienced it myself. I’ve had games where they’ve been delayed for certain reasons or called off and then you have to refocus on the game but I have never been on a coach where there has been explosions. It is hard to gauge that.
Looking at the bigger picture and judging by the way both sets of players have performed, I think it was the right decision.
You can watch Keane below.