It was an up and down!
Union Berlin saves a 3-3 win at home against Union Saint-Gilloise in the round of 16 first leg of the Europa League despite being behind the first time (match report >>>).
Above all, the defensive of the Köpenicker did not always make a solid impression. Ultimately, it was the individual mistakes that prevented Union from a better first-leg result.
One who also blundered was the captain. Christopher Trimmel made the decisive mistake before conceding the second goal and also takes responsibility for it after the game.
“Today we almost beat ourselves,” says Trimmel in the “Sky” interview. “Especially the second and third goals were individual mistakes. Sure, the second one is my fault.”
Trimmel: “Everyone is allowed to make mistakes”
But he doesn’t want to judge himself too harshly: “That happens in football. Everyone is allowed to make mistakes. That happens in football. I’ve been in the business for too long that it somehow throws me off track.”
Saint-Gilloise brings a style that Union Berlin doesn’t necessarily play into the cards. “I don’t think there are many in the Bundesliga where we have the ball so much, where the opponent is so deep. Today’s opponent is special because our central defenders have to play so offensively, have to hit the flanks, but we have to accept it.”
Nevertheless, Trimmel sees his team well prepared for the second leg: “We’ll analyze it well. I don’t think everything was bad today.”
Knowing that you were able to beat Saint-Gilloise in the group stage also helps: “The game is open. We’ve already shown that we can win away against them. From that point of view we’ll be fine.”
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