Union Berlin’s coach, Nenad Bjelica, was seen pacing wildly and gesturing during the team’s first game after serving his suspension. Despite appearing tense and relieved at the end of the game, he hugged his coaching staff and declared it “emotional.”
The recent controversy involving tennis balls that almost led to the game being abandoned was quickly pushed aside by 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.
Despite struggles in offense, Union has rediscovered three old strengths: home strength, defensive stability, and goals from set pieces. The team is making progress in terms of defensive stability, with luck playing a significant role in their fourth home win.
Moving forward, Union will need to carry this progress into an away game, as their last victory abroad came in August. Bjelica has given the team two days off as a reward for their strong performance.