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Muller reserves praise for Choupo-Moting on impressive Bayern debut

Muller reserves praise for debutant Choupo-Moting after Bayern win
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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had an instant impact on his Bayern Munich debut, scoring twice to earn praise from Thomas Muller.

Thomas Muller praised Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and joked he had set a high standard, but the two-goal Bayern Munich debutant is happy to play back-up to Robert Lewandowski.

Handed his Bayern bow as the European champions’ international stars sat out the DFB-Pokal first-round tie with Duren, Choupo-Moting scored twice in a 3-0 win on Thursday and earned the penalty for Muller to net the other goal.

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The striker, who played for Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern in last season’s Champions League final, signed for the treble winners on transfer deadline day.

Muller has already been impressed by his impact on and off the pitch, telling SPORT1: “[Choupo-Moting] brings the wit, he also makes jokes off the pitch.

“He fits in well with our style of play because he is also technically good with the ball. If he maintains this strike rate, he’ll fit.”

Choupo-Moting served as support to Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Mauro Icardi and Edinson Cavani at PSG.

Bayern do not quite have the same wealth of striking options, but the 31-year-old still finds himself behind Lewandowski, Europe’s leading scorer last season.

Choupo-Moting is happy enough with that role, though, explaining: “I have huge respect for Lewy, who was deservedly voted the best striker of last season.

Mr Choupo
Mr Choupo

“If I get my minutes after him, that’s okay, and if we play together, then all the better. I’ll try to play as much as possible.”

Of his debut, Choupo-Moting added: “We did well and I’m happy that we won the game and that I was able to score my first goals for Bayern.

“I feel 100 per cent Bayern Munich. I hope that there will be a little more power over time – that’s what I work on in training and I’m up for it.”

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