Monaco’s 3-2 triumph at Signal-Iduna Park was marred by the attack on Borussia Dortmund team bus prior to the original match kick off time and many believe UEFA officials were wrong to insist that the game was played mere 24 hours later.
That was probably the main reason why the Millionaires were almost non-existent in the first period, and it remains to be seen whether they can keep this tie alive.
Monaco are clearly Europe’s in-form side and they are still in the race for three major trophies, which is a remarkable achievement.
With just six games to go in French Ligue 1, the Principality club sit three points clear of holders PSG at the top of the standings and the coveted title is theirs to lose.
Meanwhile, Monaco have been thoroughly impressive in Europe as well, overturning a two-goal deficit against Man City to set up a quarter-final date with Borussia Dortmund.
With 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe again scoring a brace, Leonardo Jardim’s side enjoyed a 3-2 triumph in Dortmund despite seeing Fabinho miss a first-half penalty.
The Brazilian midfielder is banned for the return leg, but Tiemoue Bakayoko returns having served a suspension in the first leg.
Djibril Sidibe, Gabriel Boschilia and Guido Carrillo are out injured, wheres Radamel Falcao, Thomas Lemar, Jemerson, Valere Germain and Djibril Sidibe are one booking away from suspension.
Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Subasic – Toure, Glik, Jemerson, Mendy – Bernardo Silva, Moutinho, Bakayoko, Lemar – Falcao, Mbappe.
Borussia Dortmund have experienced all sorts of problems this season and the terrorist attack on their team bus was the last thing they needed.
The good news is that most players and staff were unharmed, although Marc Bartra injured his wrist in the process and was ruled out of the Monaco double header.
Borussia Dortmund footballers clearly had other things on their minds when they were forced to play Monaco on Wednesday, but they somehow managed to keep the tie alive thanks to a good second-half performance.
The Millionaires can now be backed at 3.50 (5/2) to qualify for the next stage, but not too many people believe they can stage a comeback at Stade Louis II.
The good news is that the injury situation is finally improving, with key attacker Marco Reus marking his return with a goal at the weekend.
However, Marc Bartra, Erik Durm, Mario Gotze, Alexander Isak, Sebastian Rode, Andre Schurrle and Joo-Ho Park are out injured.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Burki – Piszczek, Sokratis, Bender, Schmelzer – Weigl, Sahin – Dembele, Kagawa, Reus – Aubameyang.