Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bayern Munich's new lethal weapon

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bayern Munich’s new lethal weapon

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From shadow to light. Last night, the Camp Nou and the many spectators eagerly awaited Robert Lewandowski’s new reunion with Bayern Munich. But the Pole was overshadowed by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Author of a goal from a cross from the right in the 3-0 victory against the Blaugrana, the Cameroonian made a good copy. In the oven and in the mill, he was invaluable as a fulcrum to wear down the Catalan defense and pick up multiple chances.

A performance that earned him a score of 2 out of Image. Please note that in Germany, 2 is considered an excellent rating (1 being the highest). Our colleagues from Fussball Transfers They were also excited as they gave the 33-year-old striker a 1.5 for all his work last night. next to him, ARIZONA he also praises the former PSG player. “Choupo-Moting steals the spotlight from Lewandowski (…) It was a difficult night for his former centre-forward Robert Lewandowski. Ironically, his former understudy and replacement, Choupo-Moting, stole the show with his goal..

Mr. Choupo donned the No. 1 striker costume

A nice revenge for Choupo-Moting, who acted as Lewy’s substitute when he arrived in 2020. The footballer born in ’89 had to settle for crumbs for two years. During his first season, he had started just 13 times in 32 appearances in all competitions (9 goals). The next, in 2021-22, he only started in 2 games of the 26 that he was able to play (9 goals, 5 assists). Difficult at the same time that he exists next to Lewandowski’s scoring machine. But the Cameroonian always tried to get closer and was decisive despite the short playing time.

But between the Pole’s €50m move to Munich this summer and the Bavarians failing to find his successor in the transfer window, Choupo-Moting had a card to play. However, Julian Nagelsmann placed him on the bench. In the first seven games of the season in which he participated, he had been a substitute on each occasion (174 minutes played in total). Scorer of a goal against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, the 33-year-old striker has remained confident. He even went to see his trainer to plead his case as Nagelsmann recently confessed.

Nagelsmann trusts him

“He is a guy who communicates face to face and says he is ready. He often comes to my office and says that he wants to play. I like that. So I told him: “now you play, so you have to give it your all now and not just come to my office.” And that’s exactly what he does with a world-class game.” In fact, Choupo-Moting has set the example. Set for the first time this season against Freiburg on October 16, he scored a goal (5-0). Since then, he has not left the German starting eleven. Thus, it was established on 4 occasions, he who responded with 5 goals.

In addition to Freiburg, he scored two goals against Augsburg (October 19) before scoring last night against Hoffenheim (October 22) and Barça. A good run therefore for the striker, who has a total of 6 goals and 2 assists in 11 games in all competitions this year. Changing his suit from liner to star doesn’t seem to be a problem for him at the moment. In Germany we are seduced by the new Monsieur Choupo. “From permanent substitute to team goalscorer: It was not foreseeable before the season that Bayern would suddenly and completely rely on Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting as a center forward. But the Cameroonian took advantage of the writing sports 1 about her.

An extension as a reward?

In Spain we also feared it a bit before Wednesday’s scare in C1. Monday, the Catalan newspaper Sport I had dedicated a long topic to him with the title: “Bayern invents a new Lewandowski”. Choupo-Moting is not Lewy. But he manages to get the Cameroonian out of the game, the one who heated the Camp Nou last night. When asked after the meeting, he said: “Today was another great performance. Now we want to win the last game against Inter and remain undefeated. I’m happy for my goal and also for the team. Although Barça was already eliminated, this match was important for us”. We could see it. An evening where the Cameroonian also scored points with his coach and his leaders, he who runs out of contract next June.

But the adventure at Bayern Munich is likely to continue for him, according to David Hamza, a journalist for Fussball Transfers. “We talk about him a lot right now. In recent weeks, he has become Nagelsmann’s number one striker and has scored in the last four matches. He is likely to extend his contract which ends in the summer. Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic have confirmed that they want to talk to him this winter, but they probably still want to sign a new striker for next season, as he will be 34 by then. Choupo could be the replacement again, as he did very well when Lewy was in charge. But he for now he is the first choice.” And he intends to keep it that way!

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