It is predicted that Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), the “core of defense” of Korean soccer, will finally be rested in the match against Copenhagen (Denmark) in the UEFA Champions League (UCL).
German public magazine Bild reported on the 29th (Korea Standard Time) that “Kim Min-jae, Nusair Mazraoui and Erik Maksaeng Chupomoting did not train for the Bayern Munich (Germany) team on the same day,” removing them from the expected starting list for the home game against Copenhagen.
Munich will play its fifth Group A match against Copenhagen at 5 a.m. on the 30th, and since it has already confirmed its first place in the group and advance to the round of 16 by winning all four games, it is not necessary to do its best in this match.
Kim Min-jae played 12 regular league games in the 2023-2024 season. He also played six games other than the regular league, including four UCL games, one German Football Association (DFB) Pokal game, and one German Football League (DFL) Super Cup game.
Except for the first round of the DFB Pokal match against the third division team, he played in all games. It was mostly full time.
In addition, he responded to the national team call-up led by Jürgen Klinsmann every time after the start of the season, and played six A-matches between September and November. Fatigue caused by long-distance travel has also been added.
Unlike Naples (Italy), in Munich, it’s Matthijs Dericht It was expected that physical strength could be arranged in the process of competing with world-class central defenders such as Upamecano, but as they were injured alternately, “newcomer” Kim Min-jae became a built-in center back.
Duricht returned to the training field after recovering from an injury on the 27th, but it is not clear whether he is still in good physical condition enough to play the actual game.
In response, Bild pointed to Leon Goretzka, an 189-cm tall midfielder, as a center back to be paired with Upamecano against Copenhagen.
Another media kicker also said, “Goretska has already played as a center back this season,” adding that Goretska’s conversion to center back is one of the ways to fill the gap between Kim Min-jae. 사설토토