Modeste addresses form slump and Malen’s poach

Modeste addresses form slump and Malen's poach
Goalless in his last five fixtures, Borussia Dortmund striker Anthony Modeste was once again left to answer questions about his form woes last night at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium. 

The Bundesliga veteran also answered questions about an incident in the 53rd minute as well, in which attacking partner Donyell Malen took what might have been a sure scoring chance right off Modeste’s boot. 

Bulinews Editor-in-Chief Rune Gjerulff stood in the Parken mixed zone last night to capture some of Modeste’s reactions.

As a result of this lackluster build-up play, Modeste and Malen were hardly involved in the game. Modeste’s partner did get one decent chance off early in the second half. Unfortunately, it looked as if Malen stole a sure-fire goal-scoring opportunity from Modeste. Speaking at the  Parken Stadium mixed zone yesterday evening, the 34-year-old first addressed the team’s uninspired play.

“We needed to get into the game better and made a few silly mistakes,” Modeste noted, “But we were already qualified before the game. Maybe that was the reason.”

With regard to Malen’s overzealous hog of the ball in the 53rd, Modeste initially looked visibly annoyed. The Frenchman nevertheless quickly qualified his statement so as not to seem as if he was criticizing a teammate.

“It’s not the first time [something like this happened],” Modeste said of Malen’s action, “But as I said, we have to work together. And I don’t want to criticize. We are a team.”

“When you’re a striker and you want to score goals, it’s difficult,” Modest said, “I have to keep at it and work hard. I never gave up. Two years ago, people already wrote me off and I came back. I have a strong character.”

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