That’s why Bayern are extremely efficient again thanks to Choupo-Moting
For a long time, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was only a substitute at Bayern Munich. Now the striker at Bayern solves a special problem. He shines again against FC Barcelona. And triggers a poker game for a new contract with his top form.
Nfter the big night for his club, Hasan Salihamidzic was proud to look at. The sporting director of FC Bayern sees the predominantly good performance of the Bundesliga teams in the Champions League as a very good sign for German football. “The Bundesliga has simply improved,” said Salihamidzic after the 3-0 (2-0) win at FC Barcelona: “I think we can be a little proud of the Bundesliga.”
With the victory, Munich secured the group victory early. With one matchday left, Barcelona have no chance of reaching the round of 16 and must continue in the Europa League. In addition to Munich, Borussia Dortmund has also qualified for the round of 16 of the premier class, which will be drawn on November 7th. RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt still have chances, Bayer Leverkusen is no longer in the Champions League.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was once again a success factor on Wednesday evening. The striker shows in these weeks how important he can be for Munich. The last “real nine” in the FC Bayern squad is in top form. In Barcelona he scored 2-0 (31st), which disappointed Robert Lewandowski, who switched to the Spanish club in the summer.
“That was a top performance today,” said Choupo-Moting: “I’m very happy for myself and for the team. It was a difficult game against a strong side, even though Barça had been eliminated beforehand, they wanted to show a reaction in front of their own fans. But we gave it our all from the first minute to the last and deserved to win. We go into every Champions League season aiming to win this thing in the end because we have the quality in the team. Those are FC Bayern’s ambitions.”
The Cameroonian international scored in the last two Bundesliga games against SC Freiburg (5-0) and TSG Hoffenheim (2-0) and set up another goal against Breisgau. In the 5-2 DFB Cup win at FC Augsburg, he scored twice and scored one goal. Four goals and two assists in the last three competitive games – a strong record for the attacker, who came to Munich from Paris St. Germain in 2020 and was only used irregularly for a long time. An amazing development.
Coach Julian Nagelsmann did without the “classic nine” at the beginning of the season. That worked at first, but then Bayern missed too many chances to score and missed victories – a debate began about a missing striker. Nagelsmann modified his system, Choupo-Moting took his chance. “Since Choupo has been there, we harmonize very well up front. He scores, that’s important for self-confidence, that helps us a lot,” said international Serge Gnabry.
Choupo-Moting is technically strong, physically strong and efficient. Nagelsmann raves. With Choupo-Moting as a striker and/or Jamal Musiala, Thomas Müller, Sadio Mané and Serge Gnabry behind him, he has apparently found the ideal solution. Müller was recently injured, coming on for Choupo-Moting in the second half in Barcelona.
“It’s always about flow, he has the confidence and the quality,” said the coach after the final whistle in Barcelona. “He has a very clever degree. There’s almost never a goal where he just nails it. He is doing a very good job.” The club is very happy to have Choupo-Moting.
Nagelsmann describes Choupo-Moting as a “ten” rather than a “nine”. “He steadies the balls and that helps us to let the midfielders follow suit. He has done very, very well in the last few games and hopefully will help us tonight as well,” said Nagelsmann on “DAZN”. The 35-year-old also emphasized that it is currently easier for Bayern to play with a striker.
So will Choupo-Moting stay with Bayern longer? His contract is valid until the end of the season. The club officials tend to extend the striker. This is reported by “Sport Bild”. However, the 33-year-old first wants to play the World Cup with Cameroon and then deal with his contract situation with Munich. “We know what we have in him. He also knows what he has in us,” said sporting director Salihamidzic.