Filip Kostic has hailed the goalscoring prowess of Eintracht Frankfurt teammate Luka Jovic, telling bundesliga.com his fellow Serbia international "is just unbelievable".
Kostic has hit it off big time with Jovic, who is second in the Bundesliga scoring charts on 15 goals after 25 matches. The Hamburg loanee is also a huge fan of the other two members of Frankfurt's prolific forward line Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic.
bundesliga.com caught up with the 26-year-old to discuss Eintracht's free-scoring trio, the Eagles' upcoming trip to Fortuna Düsseldorf, life in the Bundesliga with Frankfurt and his path to professional football...
bundesliga.com: Eintracht are very attack-minded with Haller, Jovic and Rebic as the front three. How does this influence your game?
Filip Kostic: "If all three play together up front, which happens quite often because all three of them are outstanding goalscorers, then I have more of a defensive role."
bundesliga.com: How do you feel about the role compared to the one you played at VfB Stuttgart and Hamburg?
Kostic: "The position is definitely different, but it suits me. I like playing right out from the back, even if this means I have more defensive work to do."
bundesliga.com: What's your relationship like with Haller, Jovic and Rebic?
Kostic: "The atmosphere is fantastic. We spend time with each other away from training and the lads are all really great."
bundesliga.com: Your next opponent in the Bundesliga is Fortuna Düsseldorf, who you beat 7-1 earlier in the season. What do you remember from that game?
Kostic: "We were extremely ambitious against Düsseldorf and were carried forward by the crowd. It was just our night and everything went in."
bundesliga.com: Jovic scored five goals in that game. What do you make of your teammate?
Kostic: "Jovic is just unbelievable! He has outstanding timing and a feel for the goal."
Watch: Highlights of Luka Jovic's historic five-goal splurge against Fortuna
bundesliga.com: You are now in your fifth Bundesliga season since leaving Dutch club FC Groningen. What have you made of your time here so far?
Kostic: "The Bundesliga has made a proper professional out of me and it is a league full of quality. I've learned a lot here, from professionalism to honesty, the language, and everything else."
bundesliga.com: Fredi Bobic brought you to Stuttgart and now he has brought you to Frankfurt. How is your relationship with him?
Kostic: "We have a friendly relationship and we did a good job together when he brought me to Stuttgart. We're still working very well together here in Frankfurt. I am grateful to him that he believed in me when others did not believe in my ability."
bundesliga.com: What is it like working with Frankfurt head coach Adi Hütter?
Kostic: "The coach is a real expert, psychologist, and has a footballing brain but, most importantly, he is a great guy. He has a fantastic philosophy and knows a lot about football."
bundesliga.com: How popular is the Bundesliga in your home country, Serbia?
Kostic: "The Bundesliga is being followed more in recent times because Luka [Jovic], Mijat [Gacinovic], Ante [Rebic], and I play here. Everyone follows the league and knows that it is one of the best leagues in Europe."
bundesliga.com: What drives you on a day-to-day basis and what is your motivation?
Kostic: "I am motivated when I see a ball every day. It is something special for me when I think about how I can score or set up goals, or how we can win and celebrate together. The fans and the stadium are things that always motivate me. The most important thing for me is that we are all healthy and that we are living out our dreams because there is nothing better than making a living out of a hobby."
bundesliga.com: Who made you fall in love with football when you were a child?
Kostic: "I did not have a real idol. I was very hyper and quick as a young boy, so my mother registered me for football and that's how everything started."
bundesliga.com: What are your current aims and your career goals?
Kostic: "I always want the best for myself and I know I can have it. I believe in myself, but I am fully concentrated on Frankfurt and on playing here. I am taking things step-by-step and always try to help the team as much as I can."