The 2015/16 Bundesliga season is now at the halfway stage, providing the ideal time to take stock of each club's progress so far. Here, bundesliga.com puts 1. FC Köln under the microscope.
The story so far
Ninth in the standings at the halfway stage, 24 points represents Köln's best Hinrunde return for 15 years. Peter Stöger made some excellent summer signings following the loss of Kevin Wimmer and his side remain as difficult to beat as they were last term.
Much like last season, however, goals remain an issue, with only promoted duo SV Darmstadt 98 (17) and FC Ingolstadt 04 (11) registering fewer than Anthony Modeste and Co. (18) after 17 matches.
- Only Borussia Dortmund have scored more goals (11) in the final quarter-hour of matches than Köln (ten).
- Not a single one of the 21 goals Köln have conceded came about because of a glaring mistake.
- Köln have enjoyed their best Hinrunde since 2000/01, when they went in at halfway with 25 points on the board under Ewald Lienen.
That Köln still boast one one of the stingiest defences outside the top four is in no small part down to goalkeeper Timo Horn. The 22-year-old has conceded 21 goals and kept five clean sheets in 2015/16, with only four Bundesliga sides seeing their last line of defence breached more often.
He has been called into action 76 times so far this season, keeping out 78.35 per cent of shots on his goal, and saved a penalty from former Köln striker Ujah in the 1-1 draw with SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 16.
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