1. FC Union coach, Nenad Bjelica, was seen pacing and gesturing wildly in his coaching zone during their first game after serving a suspension. Despite appearing tense, he was relieved at the end of the game, hugging his staff 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 protest with tennis balls almost led to the game being abandoned, but 1. FC Union pushed it aside and focused on their win against VfL Wolfsburg. With 21 points, they have 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. The offense remains a work in progress, 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 showing signs of improvement.
As they prepare for an away game, where their last victory came in August, Bjelica is giving the team two days off as a reward for their strong performance.