So far, Anthony Modeste has disappointed BVB over long stretches. Before the reunion with his long-time employer 1. FC Köln (Saturday from 3:30 p.m. in the LIVE ticker), the Frenchman is particularly in focus. A former sponsor of the attacker has now taken his side.

    Under Peter Stöger, Anthony Modeste experienced what was probably the most successful phase of his career at 1. FC Köln. To this day, the two maintain a good relationship.

    Before the eagerly awaited Bundesliga duel between Effzeh and Borussia Dortmund, Stöger, who coached both clubs, spoke about the difficult start of his former protégé.

    “Modeste may not be the player for the classic Dortmund game, but he is a second option. He’s a real force with set pieces and high crosses. He uses his body like few others. With a player that you can play high and who secures the balls, you are harder to calculate”, the Austrian counted the strengths of the striker in an interview with the “WAZ” on.

    Stöger does not yet see BVB ahead of FC Bayern

    Stöger cannot understand the fact that the replacement for Sébastien Haller, who suffers from testicular cancer, has hardly scored any goals so far and has therefore already been labeled a flop here and there.

    “Regardless of statistics, I have the feeling that he works more for the team than he usually did in Cologne. Working was never his favorite discipline before. Under Steffen Baumgart he got used to it over time,” he praised Modest development.

    Stöger meanwhile questioned whether the veteran could actually win the championship trophy with Borussia. “Despite the current lead, it will be incredibly difficult for BVB to finish ahead of Bayern,” said the 56-year-old.

    However, he did not want to “fix this to a lack of mentality”, Stöger refuted the constant accusation against the Dortmund team.

    “Bayern’s advantage is simply that they have a lot of players who are used to being champions. Dortmund, on the other hand, don’t have the mass of players with the leadership qualities of Mats Hummels. If he’s missing, Dortmund often have a hard time,” he explained .