1. FC Union’s coach, Nenad Bjelica, was seen pacing through his coaching zone and gesturing wildly during the team’s first game after serving a suspension. Despite appearing tense at the start, he was relieved at the end of the game, giving his staff a hug and saying, “It was very emotional for us and it’s great to get three points after such a fight.”
The issue of the long-standing protest with tennis balls that almost resulted in the game being abandoned was brushed aside by 1. FC Union as they focused on their win against VfL Wolfsburg. With 21 points, Union has managed to catch up with the lower midfield and increase their safety cushion on the relegation zone.
The team has rediscovered three old strengths: home strength, defensive stability, and goals from set pieces. However, their offense remains a construction site, and games are not always pretty to watch. Despite this, the overall trend is positive in terms of defensive stability.
To continue their recent progress, Union will need to take their success into an away game. Their last victory abroad came in August. The coach has given the team two days off as a reward for their strong performance.