There was a reason to praise Kim Min-jae, the world’s No. 1 CB…KIM ‘Competitor’ Upamecano Mistakes → Reason for defeat against Manchester City
Munich lost 1-2 in its first Asian tour match against Manchester City, England, which made the European Travel of the 2022/23 season at Tokyo National Stadium in Japan on the 26th.
Manchester City is considered the strongest team to win all three tournaments last season: the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League, the English Premier League, and the English FA Cup, and Munich, except for two key defenders, Kim Min-jae and Matthias Duricht, collapsed.
Munich set goalkeeper Jan Zommer in front of the goal against Manchester City. The field players included center back duo Bangjameng Pavar, Dayot Upamecano, as well as Alfonso Davis, Josua Kimich, Serge Navri, Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman, Conrad Rhymer, Nusair Mazrawi and Jamal Musiala.
Against Manchester City, Tuchel showed his decision to exclude two key center backs, including Kim Min-jae and key defender Matthijs de Ligt, from the list of candidates. Sadio Mane, who hit his teammate during last season and caused controversy, as well as Leon Goretzka and Ryan Grabenberg, who are rumored to be transferred to the Saudi Arabian club, were included in the substitution list.
Manchester City did not completely form the starting list with only the main players. It consists of goalkeepers Kyle Walker, John Stones, Hoobeng Dias, Nathan Ake, Rico Lewis, Matteo Kovacic, Bernardo Silva, James McAtey, Jack Grealish and Julio Alvarez.
Guardiola reduced the weight of the offense and midfield by putting key strikers Elling Holan, Kevin Dubrawiner and Rodri on the bench.
The two teams fiercely aimed at the opponent’s goal from the beginning of the first half. In the 19th minute of the first half, Sane’s free kick flew sharply, but it failed to lead to a goal as it hit the top of the Manchester City crossbar.
Manchester City, which launched a counterattack, even scored the first goal. In the 21st minute of the first half, when Rico Lewis’ shot bounced off Zommer, McAtey, who was rushing in front of the gate, pushed it back and split the Munich net. In the scene, right-wing Meccano, considered Kim Min-jae’s rival, failed to properly block the opponent’s attack, allowing Munich to lose points.
Munich did not miss Ederson’s mistake in the penalty box in the 25th minute of the first half and took the opportunity by taking the ball away, but the shot was blocked by Ederson in the ensuing attack.
Munich, which had to catch up with Manchester City, almost allowed additional runs as goalkeeper Zommer failed to catch the ball properly in the process of receiving a pass from Upamecano in the penalty box in the extra time of the first half, but failed to lead to a shot. In the end, the first half ended with a 1-0 lead by Manchester City.
In the second half, Manchester City took the lead and pressed Munich hard. At the beginning of the second half, Munich rarely solved the attack as it put young prospects and substitutes except for a large number of major players such as Kimihi, Musiala, Coman and Gnabry.
In the 36th minute of the second half, when Krachik’s cross hit Ederson in a counterattack, substitute Matistel finished it again and balanced it with Manchester City.
Manchester City also immediately fought back and took the lead again. In the 41st minute of the second half, Foden’s shot was blocked by Ulrich’s defense, and Foden reconnected it with a pass in front of the gate, and Laporte finished accurately with a right-footed shot to split the Munich goal.
Munich later tried to attack to shake Manchester City’s net once again, but it failed to lead to a goal and eventually the final whistle rang with Manchester City’s 2-1 lead.
Upamecano, who was considered Kim Min-jae’s rival in the game, exposed anxiety by repeating mistakes before being replaced as well as losing points in the 21st minute of the first half.
If he continues to show this in competition with Kim Min-jae in the next season, the main combination that Tuchel will choose is expected to be Derricht and Kim Min-jae.
Meanwhile, Munich’s pre-season game drew attention from many Korean fans because of the possibility that Kim Min-jae, a Korean iron pillar who recently joined Munich, could play.
Kim Min-jae, who played a big role in Serie A Napoli in Italy last season and even lifted the trophy, settled in Munich for 50 million euros (72 billion won) in transfer fees using the buyout clause as soon as the season ended of the season. Kim Min-jae, who underwent a medical test in Seoul as soon as he received three weeks of basic military training on the 6th, later took a break in Korea and signed a five-year contract in Munich on the 19th.
Coach Tuchel made headlines when he welcomed Kim Min-jae with a fierce welcome. When Kim Min-jae arrived at the Munich training ground on the 20th, he opened his arms and hugged and said, “Nice to meet you.”
After meeting Tuchel, Kim Min-jae immediately participated in his first training camp for the season in Tegernze, the border area of Austria in southern Germany, and even trained his team. Kim Min-jae appeared with CEO Jan-Christian Dressen on the 21st and held his first press conference as a member of Munich.
Later, he participated in the “team presentation” held at Allianz Arena, his home stadium, and introduced it to fans for the first time. Kim Min-jae attended the meeting and took a group photo with his new colleagues, and immediately began public training.
Kim Min-jae moved to Japan for an Asian tour with the team, but Tuchel himself revealed that it is still difficult to play in the game.
Coach Tuchel had time to receive questions about the club and the Japanese tour at a press conference held after arriving in Tokyo on the 25th, and when asked about freshmen, he said, “We are happy to be with new players. The new players made a good impression, but unfortunately Rafael Guerreiro was injured. “Everyone knows what kind of player Konrad Rhymer is,” he said, referring to the other players first.
Regarding Kim Min-jae, he said, “He hasn’t been able to train with us often yet. I’m sure he’ll help us. “The game tomorrow is still early, so he probably won’t play,” he said, adding that it will be difficult for Kim Min-jae to play yet.
However, despite Kim Min-jae’s absence, he did not hide his joy at recruiting Kim Min-jae. He said: “His development has already spoken for itself, and he has grown a notch in every club. We tried our best to persuade him to come to Munich and were glad he chose us. I hope he adapts quickly and continues to develop with us,” he said, referring to the joy of joining Kim Min-jae.
Despite his absence from the match against Manchester City, Kim Min-jae was recognized by Manchester City’s best defender and continued to appear on Munich’s official website and SNS account to show off his presence.
When asked about Kim Min-jae’s joining Munich ahead of the match against Munich, Huweng Dias said, “I didn’t see Serie A in detail last season, but I know how influential Kim Min-jae had a good season.” He was also seen in the UEFA Champions League. He’s definitely a very good, strong defender. “I think Munich will make good use of him,” he said, praising Kim Min-jae’s influence and skills.
Dias, who helped Manchester City win the Champions League in the 2022/23 season, is considered the world’s best center back, and expectations for the next season are expected to grow further as he praised Kim Min-jae
Munich released a list of players participating in the Asian Tour list on its official website on the 23rd, and put Kim Min-jae’s face on the main photo to confirm that he is a key player on the Asian Tour. Since then, noir-style posters of the tour in Japan have been released, with Kim Min-jae in the poster along with Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kim Mi-hi and Sergi Gnabry in suits, showing off his presence once again. 먹튀검증
Kim Min-jae was also the first to appear in a video released by Munich’s official SNS account showing the team getting off the plane after arriving in Japan, and Kim Min-jae’s surprised look was also seen in a photo of the Munich team meeting fans in front of a hotel to stay in Tokyo.
Kim Min-jae seems to be unable to play until the upcoming match against Kawasaki, and it is highly likely that it will be time to return to the match against Liverpool in Singapore on August 2. There is about a week left until the match against Liverpool, and it is enough time for Kim Min-jae, who is normally performing team training, to step in with his teammates.
As it is expected that Kim Min-jae will play as the main center back in Germany, it is highly likely that he will go in the direction of increasing the chances of entering the game as much as possible before the start of the season.