Thomas Tuchel was enigmatic about the tenure of Éric Maxim Choupo-Moting for the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League, against Manchester City on Wednesday April 19 (3-0 defeat in the first leg in Manchester).
With the aborted return of the Indomitable Lion this weekend because of a fragile knee, Thomas Tuchel had been forced to do without his striker for the reception of Hoffenheim on Saturday April 15 on the occasion of the 28e Bundesliga matchday (1-1).
Once again engaged in a race against time, the Cameroonian international (73 caps, 21 goals) could however return to competition on Wednesday in the European Cup. At a press conference on Tuesday, his coach was optimistic about this, on the eve of the most important match of the season for Bayern Munich. “We have to wait and see how his knee reacts. If all goes well, he could startsaid Thomas Tuchel who underlined the importance of the profile of the Cameroonian against the machine developed by Pep Guardiola. He brings physical power from set pieces, which City have dominated in the Premier League for years. Choupo offers us a different option if he gets the green light. »
🗣️ Tuchel on Choupo-Moting: “We have to wait and see how his knee reacts. If it goes well, he could start. He adds physicality from set pieces, which City have dominated in the Premier League for years. Choupo gives us a different option if he gets the green light.”#FCBMCI pic.twitter.com/icyTrFSQDi
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Upgraded in the first leg, Bayern Munich, stuck in the Sadio Mané controversy at the worst of times, is condemned to the exploit to reach the last four of the Champions League. The Bavarians must beat the ogre citizen by more than three goals to qualify.