1. FC Union, led by coach Nenad Bjelica, emerged victorious in their first game after serving a suspension. During the match, Bjelica was seen pacing through his coaching zone and gesturing wildly. Despite his tense appearance at the beginning of the game, he appeared relieved at the end, 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 pushed aside the issue of long protests with tennis balls that almost led to the game being abandoned. Instead, they focused on their win against VfL Wolfsburg. With 21 points, Union has managed to catch up with the lower midfield and increase the safety cushion on the relegation zone.
Recently, Union has rediscovered three old strengths: home strength, defensive stability, and goals from set pieces. The offense remains a construction site, 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.
As they prepare for their next away game, Union will need to carry their recent progress into unfamiliar territory. Their last victory abroad came in August. The coach has given the team two days off as a reward for their strong performance.