Bayern: Kahn disavows Choupo-Moting

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Oliver Kahn, the president of Bayern Munich, addressed an indirect tackle to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the wake of the elimination of the Germans in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Wednesday, against Manchester City (0-3, 1 -1).

The pill is struggling to pass for the Bavarian leader. His Bayern Munich, polluted by the Mané affair, was eliminated from the biggest European competition, a few weeks after his exit in the quarter-finals of the German Cup (1-2 defeat against Freiburg). Outclassed at the Etihad Stadium then held in check at the Allianz Arena, the Munich residents received a lesson in realism from the Citizens.

If the former Rekordmeister goalkeeper questioned the club’s poor casting during the last summer transfer window, especially in attack, one man particularly took it for his rank. It’s about Cameroonians Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (34 years old, 73 caps, 21 goals). While he was supposed to replace Robert Lewandowski who left for Barça last summer, the former PSG was pinned for his lack of efficiency in front of goal in this big meeting, despite his generally very honorable stats on the whole season (17 goals in 29 appearances). On Wednesday, the Indomitable Lion was transparent on the attacking front, well muzzled by the citizen trio Aké-Dias-Akanji. The Hamburg native fired three times on goal for two shots on target. Statistics far from satisfying the ex-captain of the Nationalmannschaft.

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“At the start of the season, we did everything to try to recruit a new centre-forward. There was a very strong one on the pitch tonight but not with us unfortunately (Erling Haaland, editor’s note). Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is still very good. He often scores off the bench. There is also the young Mathys Tel, but it is true that we have a lack in this position. It’s not easy to find the rare pearl. Not everyone is Robert Lewandowski. It is also a question of price. If you look in Europe, how many players have the same level as Robert Lewandowski? There are not many… And if this player exists, it is at an exorbitant price”commented the German leader in a post-match interview.

In delicacy with his kneeEric Maxim Choupo-Moting had done the forcing to play the Champions League game. Not very influential in the center-forward position, he was replaced by the young Frenchman Mathys Tel (71e). While a size is expected at the peak during the next transfer window, the Cameroonian may have to settle for a substitute status next season.

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