the revenge of “Choupo”, Batshiabu in the dock… Favorites and scratches from our special correspondent

the revenge of “Choupo”, Batshiabu in the dock… Favorites and scratches from our special correspondent

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has made misery for his former club… AFP / FRANCK FIFE / AFP / FRANCK FIFE

Beyond the final result, and the elimination of PSG, find out what caught the attention of our journalist at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening.


Upamecano, pattern size

Already impressive at the World Cup with the Bluesoften brilliant with Bayern, Dayot Upamecano released a boss game against PSG, Wednesday evening, in the knockout stages of the Champions League (2-0). Bleeding in the duels, clean in the raises, the French international defender produced a very, very high level performance. If Kylian Mbappé appeared so extinct in Bavaria, it is largely thanks to him. Didier Deschamps does not lack a tank in central defense, but he has every reason to continue to rely on him to post-Varane.

“Choupo”, the revenge of the banished

Goalscorer there and back in 2021, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting again found the net against his former club, the one in which he was mocked, mocked, taken from above. Revenge of the banished. Although, the Cameroonian was probably not crossed by this kind of idea, only the joy of scoring, of going into the quarters. “Choupo», a real nice guy. Nothing surprising to see him taking the time to take pictures with the young people at the edge of the field after the match, or to sign an autograph. We can only take our hats off and note in passing that it is one of his former replacements who crucifies a PSG who still believes that the talent of the stars and only the talent of the stars will guide him to the Grail.

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The supporters held their rank

From the famous Marienplatz to the Allianz Arena, via line 6 of the Munich metro, Parisian supporters, as usual, set fires. Bayern did try to cover the voice of the 3,800 Paris Saint-Germain lovers who made the trip before the match, but it was a waste of time. With the transport strikes, some of them struggled to come to Munich. They held their rank, unlike their favorite players. Moreover, the Allianz Arena is not reputed to be the most incandescent stadium in Europe, but the atmosphere was warm on Wednesday evening, despite the cold and the rain. FC Bayern fans at the party. “I dare to hope that we will cool the atmosphere», said Christophe Galtier before the match. Missed.

Danilo Pereira, exemplary

Admittedly, Danilo Pereira is not a football artist. Do not ask him to do roulette and other commas, not his register. The Portuguese is a needy, who was a little quickly said limited at the start of his stay in Paris. He is above all reliable, exemplary, experienced. One more leader. You can count on him in all circumstances and whatever the position, in the middle or in defense. On Wednesday, it started with the right axis, before switching to the left, then… coming back to the right. In the end, he was the best Parisian on the Munich lawn. The Portuguese Swiss army knife is indispensable, precious.


Galtier mercilessly with Batshiabu

Lack of taste. Admittedly, El Chadaille Bitshiabu did not give Marco Verratti a gift on the action which brought Bayern’s first goal. From there to crucify him… This is however what Christophe Galtier did, in particular during his intervention at the microphone of beIN SPORTS. Remember that the Parisian coach lost Marquinhos and Nordi Mukiele along the way, in addition to Presnel Kimpembe, out for the rest of the season. He therefore brought in the 17-year-old titi at the break. No choice. “El Chadaille returned, 17 years old… With a little more experience, it’s perhaps a long ball that we have to play to get out of the Munich dry cleaners. Not maybe, that’s for sure… (…) We should have skipped a line, played longer, and we got trapped on this short outinghe gritted. Verratti had the right to read the action better. And Galtier, to protect a kid who, despite complicated circumstances, made an entrance full of personality.

Paris comes up against (hardly) its limits

The return of Kylian Mbappé has fueled the imagination of many. Including us. Bayern reminded PSG of the harsh reality: the game of football is played at 11. The club with six European championship titles won thanks to its experience, the quality of its starting 11 and more generally its effective, “built to win the Champions League» according to Mbappénot like that of a limited, frustrating Paris-SG which still has a long way to go.

The leaders are silent

When PSG pulls out the big game in Marseille, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi comes to show off in front of the microphones. After the elimination in Munich? Nobody, not a leader of Paris-SG. We haven’t seenNAKand Luis Campos crossed the mixed zone with his head bowed. We would however have liked to hear what the Portuguese football adviser had to say, while the construction of the workforce is widely open to criticism. Kylian Mbappé had already expressed doubts in the fall. Doubts that have found their full justification in view of the double confrontation against FC Bayern.

Vitinha, step up your game

What if PSG had completed the first period by leading 1-0? It would undoubtedly have changed the face of the match, Bayern should have found themselves offering space to Mbappé and company. Vitinha should have put a little more ardor in this incredible attempt in the 38th minute, after Achraf Hakimi pressing on Yann Sommer, with the goal wide open… The Portuguese had time to do better. We would talk about Marco Verratti, but quite frankly, that would be like shooting the ambulance…

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