When Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski suffered a knee injury during the latest international break, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was thrust into the spotlight.
With a starting role against RB Leipzig last weekend, Choupo-Moting showed how he could contribute to the Bayern Munich attack. While rumors indicate that Choupo-Moting will return to the bench for his squad’s Champions League battle against Paris Saint-Germain, the 32-year-old is not any less enthused about what is about to go down.
“The anticipation is massive. It’s a repeat of last year’s final. Perhaps nobody could have expected that we’d play each other again so quickly,” said Choupo-Moting in an interview with the Bayern Munich club website.
Choupo-Moting, of course, was a member of Paris Saint-Germain during last season’s campaign where the French club lost to Bayern Munich in the UCL finale. The veteran still stays in touch with a few of his ex-teammates.
“I’ve recently written a lot to the German lads Thilo Kehrer and Julian Draxler. I also have a close relationship with Presnel Kimpembe,” said Choupo-Moting.
The friendships Choupo-Moting still maintains are just one example of the underlying respect between the two clubs. With so much talent on the pitch, fans everywhere will be eagerly tuning in.
“If I’d been able to make the choice then I would have preferred to have this clash in the final,” said Choupo-Moting. “There’s respect on both sides. The lads know they have a tough job but we also know it will be very difficult. The whole world of football is looking forward to this game.”
(For the full interview, click here)