Champions League: Next low blow: Union coach struggles with schedule

Champions League: Next low blow: Union coach struggles with schedule

Six competitive defeats in a row are chipping away at Union Berlin’s self-confidence. The trainer knows about the construction sites, but is worried about the lack of training time.

The second goal conceded at the very last second turned the initial euphoria about Union Berlin’s first participation in the Champions League into disappointment.

“That was a very bitter defeat. You ask yourself how much you can take,” said a visibly depressed Union coach Urs Fischer after the late goal to make it 2-3 against SC Braga. As in the 1-0 defeat at Real Madrid two weeks ago, the decisive goal in the first Champions League home game came with the last action of the game. “It’s important to get up even after this blow,” said Fischer.

The 57-year-old Swiss not only has to lift up his team because of the two defeats in the European premier class, but also a team that has now suffered a total of six competitive defeats in a row. Against the Portuguese, Fischer was even happy with the team’s performance, he just missed the right attack in defense.

“Shortly before the break a standard, shortly after the break a standard. We didn’t defend well when we conceded goals. It’s not enough at that level,” said the coach about the goals conceded by Sikou Niakité (41st), Bruma (51st). ) and in stoppage time by André Castro, in which Fischer missed the assignment of his players: “There is a mission to be fulfilled.”

Absence of bone and khedira is noticeable

But the offensive players around double packer Sheraldo Becker, who raised hopes of victory with Union’s first goals in the Champions League (30th minute, 37th minute), also had to put up with criticism from the coach: “We have numerous opportunities to do more than scoring two goals.” Even before the first goals, Union had a few chances and even after the 2-2 equalizer “three 100% chances again. And at the end you sit there and ask yourself: why?”

In addition to the sporting errors in the games, one reason is also the loss of the injured leading players Robin Knoche and Rani Khedira. Even the experienced newcomers Robin Goosens and Leonardo Bonucci cannot make up for their absence because they don’t yet know the procedures exactly and Fischer doesn’t come to practice. “We don’t have time to train at the moment,” said Fischer, also with a view to the game at Borussia Dortmund next Saturday. That’s where the next blow threatens, after which Union has to get up again. However, BVB is still challenged against AC Milan.

Source: Stern

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