Anthony Modeste (r.) scored his fourth Bundesliga goal of the season in 1. FC Köln's memorable Rhine derby win at home to local rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach - © imago / mika
Anthony Modeste (r.) scored his fourth Bundesliga goal of the season in 1. FC Köln's memorable Rhine derby win at home to local rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach - © imago / mika
Bundesliga

Rhine derby darling Modeste thriving at Köln

Cologne - Whatever Anthony Modeste goes on to achieve in a 1. FC Köln shirt, the 27-year-old striker will forever be remembered as the man who brought an end to the Billy Goats’ seven-year Rhine derby hex.

Superman-esque

The in-form Frenchman made the most of his one and only chance at the RheinEnergieStadion on Matchday 5 as Peter Stöger’s men belatedly got one over on local rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach with a hard-earned 1-0 win.

"Tony is red-hot," gushed Köln midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt after providing the assist for Modeste’s 64th-minute winner. "I could have launched the ball three metres into the air and he’d have still got on the end of it. Tony’s got a great nose for goal and has great timing. He got up high and put it away. That’s what he’s about."

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"I’m feeling really good," Modeste explained. "The goal was important for me and the whole team. There’s a massive rivalry between the two clubs, so it’s nice to win a game like that and come away with the three points. After the defeat in Frankfurt it was important for us and the ideal preparation ahead of the Englische Woche."

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'A quality player'

Fourth in the standings and already with just over a quarter of their total goals return from last season on the board, the Billy Goats go into their upcoming trip to Hertha Berlin enjoying their best start to a Bundesliga campaign in 26 years. It is perhaps too early to talk of Europe, but as long as Modeste keeps scoring, almost anything is possible.