The situation surrounding Anthony Modeste can currently serve as a symbol for the mood in Dortmund. There is support for the French from their own coach and the ex-coach. Jude Bellingham also wanted to demonstratively stand behind Modeste on Saturday – but his jubilant gesture later fell on his feet.
On his return to Cologne on Saturday afternoon, Anthony Modeste was mercilessly whistled at every ball contact in the Rheinenergie Stadium. In the place where he was once a fan favourite, supporters could not forgive him for his departure to BVB.
From Modeste's point of view, the afternoon got even worse with the 2-3 defeat. The 34-year-old Frenchman was once again ineffective for the black and yellow, only had 29 ball contacts and two shots on goal. Modeste has only scored one goal after nine BVB games.
Ex-national player Didi Hamann gave a devastating verdict as a Sky expert: "They are playing ten at the moment. He no longer comes into the room to attack the ball. It is high time that Moukoko got his chance. "
In Dortmund, however, they continue to demonstratively support the goalscorer who was hired to replace Haller. "We need Tony to make games successful. And he needs us to score his goals," said coach Edin Terzic after the bankruptcy. But this is exactly where the main problem lies - Modeste's teammates have not yet managed to stage Modeste skilfully. Above all, the Frenchman needs balls in the box, preferably as crosses. Only the BVB in the last few weeks are simply not suitable enough.
Ex-coach Steffen Baumgart still believes in his former protégé: "Tony has great quality and will bring it to the pitch. You shouldn't always pretend that you know everything better from the outside. The boy works hard. "
Jude Bellingham, the youngest captain in BVB history in Cologne, jumped to the side of his center forward during the game. When Julian Brandt made it 1-0, Bellingham made the typical Modeste gesture of celebration and covered his eyes with his hands shaped like glasses. The gesture was aimed directly at the Cologne fan curve on the south stand.
Bellingham's expression of solidarity flew around his ears after the game - not surprisingly. A Twitter user also had a linguistic counterattack ready. After all, Modeste rhymes were considered good manners in Cologne.
The 19-year-old spoke up after the game - but did not comment on his jubilant gesture. "Of course I'm very upset about the outcome of the game, but it was a special honor to have captained this great club for the first time," said Bellingham, who can be justifiably proud. It is now "no time to hang your heads," he continued on his social channels. From BVB's point of view, you have to agree, next Saturday FC Bayern is finally waiting for the classic.
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This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as Bellingham's Modeste celebration falls at BVB star's feet - backing for the goalscorer.