Kim Min-jae (27, SSC Napoli), who lost his ‘iron pillar’ aspect, had almost no presence. 

Kim Min-jae started as usual in the 2022-2023 Italian Serie A home game against AC Milan held at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples, Italy on the 3rd (Korean time). 

It was the first match for Kim Min-jae, who joined the Korean national soccer team led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann and played Colombia and Uruguay. 

The match against Milan on this day was important. This is because Napoli, who had virtually confirmed the Scudetto (winning the Serie A), was the opponent they had to overcome for their next goal, the UEFA Champions League (UCL) title. Napoli face Milan in the quarterfinals. 

However, Min-jae Kim, the nucleus of Napoli’s defense, was not good that day. First of all, it became an excuse for the first goal conceded to Rafael Leang in the 17th minute of the first half. As the forward pass given by Kim Min-jae was blocked in the middle, he allowed a counterattack.  안전놀이터

In the 22nd minute of the second half, with the score trailing 0-3, Kim Min-jae gave the opponent a key goal right in front of his eyes. He passed the dribble of opposing striker Alexis Saleh Marcus and allowed a shot.

In response, Italy’s Area Napoli said, “Milan won the first of three matches against Napoli in April. It was an unprecedented match at Napoli’s home stadium.” evaluated that it did. 

In particular, the media said, “Napoli currently leads second place Lazio by 16 points. Therefore, there is no doubt about the Scudetto, but today’s game has lowered the certainty of the Champions League. “Milan’s fourth goal was Kim Min-jae and Amir Rahmani. It was literally a regretful scene for them. They almost cried at the apparent defeat.” 

After the match against Uruguay, Kim Min-jae said, “It’s a bit difficult. I’m mentally broken. I think I need to focus on my team first, not for the time being. (Not because of transfer rumors) It’s difficult football-wise and physically.” It made it possible to know that the performance shown on this day was due to mental strength and physical fatigue.

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