the incredible state of form of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

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Between the clashes, the refusal of selections, or, conversely, a qualifying goal against Algeria, in the play-offs of the 2022 World Cup (2-1), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has always had an eventful relationship with the Cameroonian selection. . Captain of the selection, he had been put in the stands, during the last CAN, by his former coach, Toni Conceicao. *“We played 120 minutes in the semi-finals and he didn’t even let me in. For me, it’s a lack of respect.

I had to tell the truth to the coach. I am very disappointed and very frustrated”said the Bayern Munich striker, who did not want to play the small final against Burkina Faso (3-3, 5-3 T-to-B). “I told the coach that I couldn’t play this game because I didn’t feel good psychologically, because of everything that happened. I came to help the team win the CAN. The coach has shown me that he does not count 100% on me”*, he added in the mixed zone, after the competition.

Back to the fore and qualification against Algeria

But with the arrival of Rigobert Song on the bench of the Indomitable Lions, the former striker of Paris Saint-Germain was reinstated in the first team. And confidence quickly returned. During the qualifying barrage against Algeria, it was he who opened the scoring against the Fennecs, before qualifying after a crazy match, in the enclosure of Mustapha-Tchaker, from Blida (1-2). This allowed the 33-year-old striker to validate his ticket to contest his third World Cup, in Qatar.

A return to the fore for an important player in the Cameroonian locker room. “He understands what we, the staff, want in terms of the mix between our mentality and the local mentality. In the team, he is the one who is loved by all. He also has a great presence.”already explained Clarence Seedorf, in 2018. But as he approaches what promises to be his last World Cup, the striker is in impressive form, arguably the best of his career.

Choupo-Moting on a crazy series

In his last ten matches, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has scored nine times. Bringing his record to eleven goals and three assists in ten games. “I didn’t do anything special, I just trained and waited for my opportunity, that’s all. Being part of this team and getting so many minutes makes me happy.”explained the Cameroonian to explain his return to grace. “I told him, ‘Now you’re playing, so you have to give it your all now and not just come to my office.’ And that’s exactly what he’s doing with a world-class game.”added Julian Nagelsmann, son coach of Bayern Munich, who is now open to extend it in Bavaria.

And before facing Switzerland, Rigobert Song is counting on his state of mind to go as far as possible. “I think we consider a good group in which experienced players like Vincent Aboubakar, Maxim Choupo-Moting and Michael Ngadeu supervise the youngest”, he confessed in an interview with the magazine of the African selection and ensures that Cameroon must reach the semi-finals, like the president of the Federation, Samuel Eto’o. With a big “Choupo”, the Indomitable Lions can dream.

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