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Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel explains bizarre decision to start Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

That was a shock for Bayern Munich’s starting XI.

Eintracht Frankfurt v FC Bayern München - Bundesliga Photo by S. Mellar/FC Bayern via Getty Images

When selecting a starting XI to face off with Eintracht Frankfurt, it was widely anticipated that Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel was going to choose between Jamal Musiala and Thomas Müller for the No. 10 role.

Instead of the right way, the wrong way, or even the Max Power way, the manager opted for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, some unconventional thinking for an unconventional man (especially after the team’s uneven performance vs. FC Köln a few weeks back).

Tuchel explained his choice as his team got rinsed 5-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt.

“Choupo played a very good away game in Köln. Then he had a bit of a knock and missed a few days. Now he has had a whole week of training. We had very, very good combinations upfront in Köln. We expect a very high level of pressing from Frankfurt. He gives us the option to play to play long balls. And Choupo is very strong in set pieces. It was a decision for Choupo and almost the same line-up against Köln,” Tuchel told Sky (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).

The natural flow of the attack was just not there with Choupo-Moting manning the position next to Kane and it is hard to think that has an effect on how the team operates.


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