Europa League: Union wants a turnaround - Malmö game "pointing the way"

Assistant coach Markus Hoffmann left no doubt about the importance of the game.

Europa League: Union wants a turnaround - Malmö game "pointing the way"

Assistant coach Markus Hoffmann left no doubt about the importance of the game. The game of 1. FC Union Berlin this Thursday (6.45 p.m. / RTL) at the Swedish record champions Malmö FF is “pointing the way: Whoever scores here is there,” he said.

The Köpenickers, who surprisingly continue to lead the table in the Bundesliga, have scored zero points in the previous two games in the Europa League. The yield from Malmö: no better.

Nevertheless, Berlin's Danish goalkeeper Frederik Rönnow pointed out the great European experience of the hosts. Last season, the Swedes made it to the Champions League. The group stage ended sobering: in a group with Juventus, Chelsea and Zenit St. Petersburg, Malmö drew 1-1 at home against St. Petersburg. In the other five games, Malmö didn't score once, but conceded 13 goals and was eliminated with one point.

"Malmö has two faces in terms of the Europa League and the league," said Hoffmann. It is therefore difficult to assess whether they would be more passive or more active in their dealings with them. "But we have to take care of ourselves and play the game so that we can take something away from here," emphasized Rönnow.

Because it would also be mentally important to come back with a sense of achievement in the initial phase of the intense weeks leading up to the World Cup in Qatar. The last 0: 2 in the Bundesliga at Eintracht Frankfurt is said to have been just a slip, even if the Köpenickers continue to focus primarily on staying in the class. The fact that coach Urs Fischer could be there again in Malmö after a positive corona test should give the Berliners an extra boost. If the test for the virus on the day of the match is negative, the 56-year-old Swiss travels to his team in good time.

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