Hans-Dieter Flick and Eric Choupo-Moting, radiant during the victory of Bayern Munich on the lawn of RB Leipzig, last Saturday.


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  • Already deprived of Robert Lewandowski, injured, Bayern Munich should also do without Serge Gnabry, sick, this Wednesday against PSG.

  • Eric Choupo-Moting, who played for two seasons in Paris before joining Bavaria last summer, should be lined up against his former teammates.

Football is often so farcical that punters would be advised to put one or two coins on goal scorer Eric Choupo-Moting on Wednesday night at the Allianz Arena.

Last August, the 32-year-old center-forward played the last ten minutes of the Champions League final on the side of PSG, beaten by Bayern Munich (1-0).

This Wednesday evening, he should be at the forefront of the Bavarian training, which receives Paris in the quarter-final first leg of the C1.

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Of course, if Hans-Dieter Flick is to be believed on Tuesday, "nobody in the team knows who will play tomorrow [Manuel Neuer must be shaking]".

But the quasi-programmed package of Serge Gnabry, absent from the last training for "a sore throat", says his coach, combined with the already known absence of Robert Lewandowski, injured knee, opens wide the doors of a tenure to "Choupo".

Has Pavard sold the wick?

Moreover, Benjamin Pavard, at the opening of a special press conference on the language of wood, seems to have sold the wick.

Asked about the absence of the terrible Polish artilleryman, the French world champion replied in a curious way: “It does not change much except that he is not there.

He is the best number 9 in the world.

But we have a big squad with Choupo who had a very good match against Leipzig, and others.


Yes, the Cameroonian international did the job during Bayern's success with his runner-up on Saturday (0-1), which paves the way for his ninth straight Bundesliga coronation.

But, with all the respect that we can have for the hero of the Parisian people after his goal against Atalanta Bergamo last summer, the drop in level is still noticeable.

Attacker and Spy

A good striker, Choupo-Moting has also (above all, some would say) marked Ligue 1 with some incredible failures (the Toulouse Stadium still remembers it).

That said, beyond the pitch, he can play a very valuable spy role for Bayern.

"I use players who come from other clubs to have an exchange," recognizes Flick, before returning to the lawn.

“He's an important player for us.

As a replacement, he had a difficult time.

But he showed all his qualities in Leipzig.

And he's very important because he's a great guy, he unites the team.


PSG supporters just hope that this outstanding ambianceur will not play the already seen and revised role of the striker who crashes against his former team.


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