In the absence of Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting could be established against PSG, this Wednesday, in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1). The opportunity for the Bayern Munich striker to show himself against his former club. To embellish a rather discreet season so far.
It was a moment of drunkenness that changed everything. By scoring against Atalanta Bergamo on August 12 in Lisbon, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting experienced the most beautiful emotion of his career. His unexpected goal, registered in added time, sent PSG to the semi-finals of the Champions League. The action is already part of the legend. She offered a new status to the 32-year-old striker, who had until then been seen in Paris as a cool but limited teammate. Even awkward at times.
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After this crazy evening against the Dea, Bayern Munich came to ask him when he was at the end of his contract in the capital. Choupo said yes, of course. And six months later, fate once again places PSG on its path. Under circumstances that should give him a chance to show up. In the absence of Robert Lewandowski (affected in the knee) and Serge Gnabry (positive for Covid-19), the Cameroonian international (53 caps, 13 goals) could be aligned this Wednesday at the Allianz Arena, in the quarterfinals go to the Champions League (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1).
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Only 8 tenures
In an attack similar to that deployed on the lawn of Leipzig, last Saturday, during the shock of the Bundesliga (0-1). With Leroy Sané on his right, Kingsley Coman on the left and Thomas Müller in support. The opportunity for Choupo to prove that he has the level to play in the best team in Europe. And embellish a fairly discreet season for the moment.
Since his arrival in early October, the native of Hamburg has participated in 25 matches (all competitions). Only 8 times as a holder. Most often as a substitute, sometimes only entering additional time. In total, the former Parisian played 838 minutes in the Bavarian jersey. That is the equivalent of around 9 full matches. The time to deliver 1 decisive pass and score 5 goals, including 2 in the Champions League (against Lokomotiv Moscow in pools and Lazio in the round of 16 second leg).
Flick asked him for advice on PSG
Barred by enormous competition, Choupo-Moting is content with this role of understudy. Without losing his usual good humor. In his 4-2-3-1 fetish, Hans-Dieter Flick usually uses him as a center-forward, replacing Lewandowski. But he’s already made it evolve on the left wing or as a support attack. When preparing for this reunion with PSG, for a remake of the last C1 final, the Bayern coach has also taken advice from the former mascot of the Parc des Princes.
“Yes, I use players who come from other clubs to have a discussion and maybe learn new ideas from what we have found in our analyzes, confirmed Flick. Choupo is an important player for us. As a substitute he did not have an easy period, but he showed all his quality against Leipzig. He is very important for the team because he is a great guy. He unites the team and that. is also why we are happy to have him with us. “
Hope to extend his contract
Choupo-Moting is enjoying this somewhat unexpected experience among the German champions. With the hope of lifting the cup to the big ears in a few weeks. “Winning this title is everyone’s goal,” the former Stoke City and Schalke 4 player explained recently. You can see that every day at the club. We have a very good chance, but I think that it is more difficult to keep the Champions League than to win it. We are considered the best team, so everyone wants to beat us. We have to work in a positive way and stay united. We will not take PSG to the light. “
He probably even less than the others. The captain of the Indomitable Lions knows the value of his former partners. He also knows that this match can give a different face to his Munich adventure. And perhaps the envy of his leaders to extend his current contract, which ends at the end of June. “I train every day with a smile. It’s an honor to play here, he proclaims. Of course, it would be good to stay longer…” With a successful performance against Paris, it will undoubtedly be easier.