Bundesliga: The M word remains: Union Berlin flirts with the successes

The M word remains: Union Berlin flirts with the successes

Ready to go to the limit every matchday: Union Berlin players celebrate a goal against FSV Mainz 05. Photo

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One more point until the goal of the season to stay in the league. Nobody at Union Berlin is officially talking about the championship. But the people from Köpenick don’t want to be shaken off the top either.

Nobody has to worry about coach Urs Fischer’s sleep, no matter how high Union Berlin is going this season.

“I always sleep well, really. Be it after defeats or victories. It’s a quality, I have to say. I don’t need any medication yet. I find my sleep,” said the 56-year-old with a smile when asked whether he sleeps differently as the leader of the table. With their 2-1 win against FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday evening, the Köpenickers had at least temporarily moved back to the top of the table in the Bundesliga and increased the pressure on series champions Bayern Munich.

Trimmel: “We enjoy the moment”

“Leader, leader, hey, hey” and “Take off the Bavarians’ Lederhosen” sang the Berlin supporters from the stands, and Union captain Christopher Trimmel also had fun with it. “Of course I sang along, there’s also a bit of irony, but we’re enjoying the moment,” said the Austrian on Sky. The flirtation with ambitions continues in Köpenick, because officially the club is still playing for relegation with the goal of 40 points.

“I think there’s still a long way to go, and there are many good teams who want to become champions, we don’t have them yet,” said Trimmel about possible title ambitions. “Of course we want to stay up there for as long as possible, but we’re not talking about the championship.” The competition no longer underestimates the Berliners. “I think you have to trust Union with everything at the moment,” said Mainz sporting director Martin Schmidt.

Fischer, meanwhile, repeated his mantra that he was interested in the table after matchday 34 and not after 19. But with every success, the Irons become a more serious title contender. Union has won all five competitive games this year. 39 points are available after 19 games. It was “actually crazy,” said the coach.

The team is always willing to go to the limit

The flirting should not hide the great ambition in the club – from President Dirk Zingler to Managing Director Oliver Ruhnert to Fischer and the team. “The team is willing to go to the limit on every matchday,” said the Swiss. She also wants to constantly improve in training.

The Unioners have made another leap in development this season. They often hit back immediately after falling behind – which until recently was considered a weakness. The possession game has evolved, although it still has room for improvement. Against Hoffenheim and Mönchengladbach, for example, there were very dominant phases with many chances and possession. Added to this is the breadth of the squad. Three substitutes were involved in striker Jordan Siebatcheu’s winning goal. “You also saw the bank they have today,” said Schmidt.

At home in the Alte Försterei, Union is a force unbeaten in 15 league games. How long the Berliners will play for the title and the Champions League will also be decided in the upcoming away tasks. Next Saturday we are going to the top game at RB Leipzig (6.30 p.m. / Sky). The iron ones still have to go to Dortmund and Munich. The record for these three opponents has not been rosy since promotion in 2019: four points and only one win in nine games.

The ambivalence between the still official goal for the season and the actual success has not only internalized coach and team in Köpenick. “The booklet to lead the table!” shouted a distributor of the stadium booklet before the game against Mainz. “Four points left until relegation!”. Now it’s another. Then a new goal for the season should be announced.


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