Nenad Bjelica, the coach of 1 FC Union Berlin, was seen pacing around his coaching area during the first game after serving his suspension. He seemed tense and relieved at the end of the game, hugging his coaching staff and saying: “It was very emotional for us and it’s great to get three points after such a fight.”
The team managed to rediscover three old strengths: domestic strength, defensive stability and set-piece goals. The offense remains a building block, but the overall trend is positive in terms of defensive stability. Despite a lot of luck in their fourth home win, Union’s defensive trend is positive.
Recent progress should be carried over on the road, with the last away win coming in August. The coach gives the team two days off as a reward for good performance.
The issue of a prolonged protest with tennis balls, which almost led to a stoppage of play, pushed 1. FC Union away and focused on a win against VfL Wolfsburg. With 21 points, Union managed to catch up with the bottom midfield and increase the security cushion in the relegation zone.