Sunday 30 April 2017

WATCH: 'There is so much more than football' - Dortmund star Sahin puts it all in perspective with emotional interview

Nuri Sahin opens up in a stunningly honest interview
Nuri Sahin opens up in a stunningly honest interview
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin has admitted he ‘wasn’t thinking about football’ in his side's Champions League clash against Monaco, as he served up a post-match interview that summed up the mood of his team-mates after their team bus was attack by terrorists.

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel hit out at UEFA’s decision to order his side to play their quarter-final against Monaco a day after nail bombs narrowly failed to inflict catastrophic damage on the Bundesliga stars.

Now, in a dignified interview with former Middlesbrough striker Jan Aage Fjortoft, Sahin displayed emotions that have rarely been witnessed in sport as he spoke from the heart about the trauma his team has been through, with his words cementing the suspicion that the Dortmund squad were not emotionally ready to compete in a quarter-final first leg tie that they lost 3-2.

“It’s hard to talk about it, it’s hard to find the right words,” said Sahin. “We saw it a lot of times on TV and it was far, far away from us, even when it was in Istanbul, my country, on New Year’s Eve.

“It was close but also very far from us and last night we felt how it is like to be in a situation like this and I don’t wish anyone a feeling like this.

“Until I was on the pitch in the second half I didn’t think about football, to be honest. Last night I didn’t realise what happened and when I was at home my wife and my son were waiting for me in front of the door and then I felt how lucky we were. I know football is very important.

“We love football, we suffer with football, we love football. I know we earn a lot of money and have a privileged life, but we are human beings. There is so much more than football in this world and last night we felt it.”

You can watch the powerful interview here:

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