1. FC Union Berlin, after serving his suspension, paced wildly through his coaching zone during their first game against VfL Wolfsburg. Despite appearing tense at the start, he was relieved at the end of the match, giving a hug to his coaching staff and saying “It was very emotional for us and it’s great to get three points after such a fight.”
The recent controversy over long-standing protests with tennis balls was brushed aside by Union as they focused on their victory against Wolfsburg. With 21 points, Union has managed to catch up with the lower midfield and increase their safety cushion in 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 some luck in their fourth home win, Union’s defensive trend is still developing.
Moving forward, Union needs to carry this progress into an away game as their last victory abroad came in August. The coach is giving the team two days off as a reward for their strong performance.