Union coach Nenad Bjelica paced anxiously through his coaching zone during their first game after serving a suspension. The tension was palpable as he hugged his staff at the end of the match, exclaiming, “It was an emotional game for us and it’s great to get three points after such a hard-fought battle.”
Despite recent protests with tennis balls that almost led to the abandonment of the game, Union focused on their win against VfL Wolfsburg. With 21 points, they 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. While the offense remains a work in progress, the overall trend is positive in terms of defensive stability. Despite some luck in their fourth home win, Union’s defensive trend is still improving.
To continue their progress, Union must carry it into an away game. Their last victory abroad came in August. Bjelica has given the team two days off as a reward for their strong performance.