Podcast: The Dortmund-Monaco scheduling controversy, Champions League quarterfinal second-leg predictions

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“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.” – Thomas Tuchel, Borussia Dortmund manager

Tuchel’s postgame comments after Dortmund’s 3-2 home loss to Monaco in Wednesday’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg were completely understandable. The day before, three bombs exploded as the team bus departed for Westfalenstadion, shattering windows and, fortunately, injuring only one player, defender Marc Bartra.

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Logistically, having the game played the next day made sense. But should Dortmund have been given more time to cope with what had just happened? Did UEFA make the right decision to play on?

Shahan Ahmed, Alex Baker, Joey Gulino and I discussed those topics on the latest episode of the FC Yahoo Podcast (available on iTunes and SoundCloud). We also recapped the on-field happenings of all four first legs and the pressing questions for next week’s second legs. Such as:

• Can Barcelona overcome another giant deficit at the Camp Nou against Juventus? (Shahan, by the way, says there’s plenty of room left on the Paulo Dybala bandwagon.)

• What went wrong for Bayern Munich against Real Madrid? And can Carlo Ancleotti’s side rebound at the Bernabeu?

• Should Atletico Madrid be nervous going to Leicester City with only a 1-0 lead? Will another chapter be written in the Foxes’ Cinderella story?

Join the conversation by leaving a comment below or by tweeting @FCYahoo. And, as always, thanks for listening.

We recorded the podcast on Facebook Live, too. Check out the simulcast:

Joe Lago is the editor of FC Yahoo. Follow him on Twitter @joelago.

It was an emotionally draining 24 hours for Dortmund. (AP Photo)
It was an emotionally draining 24 hours for Dortmund. (AP Photo)

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