Facing a team unbeaten in their last 11 games, Bayern picked Freiburg apart as Chupa-Moting led the charge, scoring and providing an assist for his try.
The former Mainz, Schalke and Paris Saint-Germain player featured for 66 minutes until Jamal Musiala was sent off.
It was the 33-year-old Chupa-Moting’s first start for Bayern this season. By the time he left the field, the Cameroon international had convinced Nagelsmann that there could be many more starts for him.
“Chupa did really well, he brought his success in practice to the field and he definitely deserved to play a little bit earlier, maybe at some stage,” Nagelsmann said.
“I am very glad that I have him. We know we can count on Chupo. He scored a great goal. He’s a great all-around player. We are happy that we have him.”
Choupo-Moting hopes the great display will also lead to more participation. It was the first time he played more than 21 minutes in a 2022–23 Bundesliga game.
“I’m trying to hit the gas every day in practice and the guys can see that,” Chupa-Moting said. “I know what I can do and what I can help the team.
“Julian knows I see it that way and I told him so. It’s nice that everything worked out and of course I want to continue to play a lot and be successful with the team.”
Bayern came into the game with just one win in their last six Bundesliga matches, four of which ended in draws.
Oliver Kahn, the club’s CEO, demanded better results and Bayern fulfilled that request to move into second place in the Bundesliga, four points behind early shock leaders Union Berlin. With the win, they jumped over Freiburg.
Nagelsmann said: “I’m very happy with the result and the three points. There was definitely pressure before the game because Freiburg are successful, play good football and deserve to be near the top of the table. The boys did a very good job and were very focused.
“Defensively we had one very dangerous situation in the first half when Freiburg didn’t finish perfectly. I think we played good football with a great finish. A big compliment to the team.”
Bayern sit between Union and Freiburg, with 10 games in hand, a top-three finish that few could have predicted at the start of the season.
“Freiburg deserve to be there because they are playing very well,” Nagelsmann said in his post-game press conference. “The Union are one of the best teams in the league and they are likely to continue to do so over the next few weeks.”