Union Berlin hit before Augsburg duel


Tthousands of kilometers traveled by the entourage of the 1.Union traveled in the past few weeks and thus discovered a wide variety of parts of Europe. The Berliners have been to Braga and enjoyed the warming Portuguese sun, seen the Brussels suburb of Saint-Gilles and played in Malmo, home of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The whimsical tour of Europe will continue next year, with Amsterdam next on the agenda. Ajax, record champions of the Netherlands, are waiting as opponents in the Europa League.

But that’s still a long way off, not only geographically. The duel won’t come until February, it’s still a good three months to go, and if you believe what Urs Fischer said after the 5-0 loss in Leverkusen, then that’s a good thing. “The team’s tank isn’t full anymore,” said the coach after the biggest defeat of the season.

Either Fischer simply revised his opinion after a day’s break, or his players achieved an undreamt-of fuel supply overnight. Before the home game against augsburg this Wednesday (8:30 p.m. in FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and at Sky) he now said: “The tank is still full. The team is still ready to work at the limit.”

Yes, how now? They probably don’t really know that themselves at 1. FC Union. One thing is certain: The upcoming interruption of the Bundesliga, which lasts more than two months due to the upcoming World Cup, could hardly be more suitable for Union. The handling of the Europa League preliminary round in an urgent procedure took a lot of energy, as did the national competitions. Everywhere Union is still promising.



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