Champions League – Bayern – PSG: Paris will not recognize him: Choupo-Moting has become a machine

Call him Eric Maxim Robert Lewandowski Choupo Moting. For a few weeks, the former Parisian has become a goalscoring machine that, in part, has made the Pole forget that he left for FC Barcelona. With 9 goals in his last seven games, including a one-minute brace against Hertha Berlin on Saturday, his stats rival the former Bavarian scoring machine. More decisive still, since Choupo Moting joined the eleven, Bayern have not lost a point: seven wins from seven games. It is this player, transfigured, that Paris Saint-Germain will find on their way in February, during the round of 16 of the Champions League.

After a very mediocre start to the year, the German champions have once again become the terror of the Bundesliga and the Champions League thanks to the decisive impact of their center forward. Julian Nagelsmann waited a long time before entrusting him with the dangerous mission of succeeding Robert Lewandowski, trying baroque options at the start of the season with Thomas Müller or Sadio Mané in the middle. But he resolved to trust the Cameroonian.

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Erik Maxim Choupo-Moting, author of a double this Saturday

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It is as if Choupo-Moting had solved the equation

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.the technician testified a few weeks ago. I like that. So I told him:Now you are playing, so you have to give it your all now and not just come to my office.”And that’s exactly what it does with a world-class game.“His time in the center simplifies this Bayern that was looking for itself. It is as if Choupo-Moting had solved the equation that prevented Bayern from turning around at the start of the season. Lost in the center, Sadio Mané is, for instance”. , launched by a left side where he dominates his subject much better.

At 33 years old, Choupo-Moting lives in the skin of an unexpected protagonist in one of the biggest clubs in the world. After a serious but mediocre start to his career, his experience at PSG, in the shadow of Kylian Mbappé, Edinson Cavani and Neymar, turned into a fiasco (9 goals in 48 games). Booed for his clumsiness in front of goal, he contrasted with a locker room full of stars and egos.

He is one of our best players at the moment.

The object of much ridicule, because after a monumental failure against Strasbourg, he had recalled in the columns of France Football: “I deserve to be here. Normally, I don’t need to answer. If I do, it’s like I have to justify myself. No way. If a player does not have the level of a club, he does not play.“Although it was he who offered PSG the QSI version of their first Champions League semi-final after a great quarter against Atalanta, that was not enough to recover their image.

Today, after four seasons in the shadow of the greats in Paris and then in Munich, the tide has turned. “I am very happy with Choupo’s performance. I have the feeling that he feels comfortable in the team. He is one of our best players at the moment.“, even welcomed Nagelsmann on Friday. Today, his future is a real issue. While Manchester United wants him, Bayern wants to do everything to extend him. No, really, the doubts of the Parisians are far away.

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