Talking ahead of the Champions League final clash with Manchester City, the Chelsea boss discussed the incident that took place while he was in charge of Dortmund when their bus was attacked by nail bombs in April of 2017.
The Blues boss told theTelegraph
he can still feel sympathy for bomber Sergej Wenergold.
“It did not catch me like it caught others, I have to say,” Tuchel said. “Still until today, I do not feel the danger that we’ve been in. I can still see the nails sticking in the bus.
“Hopefully, it will not come some day, but it’s not that I’m thinking about it when I go into buses, when I go through a crowd. Somehow not. I’m not waiting for it, actually. I don’t want it to come. But it was absolutely surreal. It was totally surreal and it still is today.”
Wenergold was found guilty and sentenced to 14 years in prison as the German coach testified at his trial.
“Once I was in court later to meet the guy who admitted to doing it,” Tuchel said. “I was even feeling sorry for him a little bit, I could not even feel anger, like, ‘wow, what could you have done?’”
Causing his family an alarm with the way he responded to the trauma, the Blues boss revealed how he did not immediately go home following the incident.
“My wife constantly tells the story that I went home late, of course," he said. "I drove home. I had written a message to her that [said], ‘everything is OK, don’t worry’. She was in the stadium, then I went home and my manager was there, my wife was there.
“They were quite freaked out and I came home a little bit like a robot, not talking too much about it. I was in front of the TV watching Barcelona against Juventus because it was a Champions League night. She was like, ‘that’s a bit weird.’”