“Even if there is a 40m space, it is safe”…the reason why Naples loves Kim Min-jae

Kim Min-jae’s presence allows Napoli to attack with peace of mind.

Napoli won a 5-1 victory over Juventus in the 18th round of Italian Serie A in the 2022-23 season held at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples, Italy at 4:45 am (Korean time) on the 14th. With 3 points, Napoli widened their gap with 2nd placed AC Milan to 10 points.

Min-jae Kim, the ‘Iron Pillar’ of Naples, also started. In the previous match against Sampdoria, Napoli’s center back combination was Joao Jeju and Kim Min-jae, but in the match against Juventus that day, Kim Min-jae and Amir Rahmani worked together.

In the midst of hot interest, Napoli took the initiative in the early game. Napoli took the lead in the 14th minute when Victor Osimen headed it in. Napoli, who overcame the steamer, continued the offensive. In the 39th minute of the first half, Osimen’s pass was received by Kvarachhelia and the score was 2-0. The first half ended with Napoli leading 2-1 thanks to Angel Di Maria’s late goal.

Napoli’s offense exploded further in the second half. In the second half, Napoli won 5-1 with additional goals from Rahmani, Osimen and Elif Elmas. With this, Napoli widened their gap with Juventus by 10 points and consolidated their 1st place, and Juventus lost 2nd place to AC Milan by a goal difference. It was a valuable victory for Napoli and a fatal defeat for Juventus.

The reason Napoli scored a lot on this day was thanks to the stable defense from the rear. In particular, Kim Min-jae was very active on this day. Kim Min-jae, who formed a center-back combination with Rahmani, covered a wide back space with excellent predictive ability and speed, enabling Naples strikers to freely raise their line and attack. 스포츠토토

Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti was well aware of this. After the game, coach Spalletti said, “We have defenders who can play with a lot of space behind them. Min-jae Kim and Rahmani can defend even if there is a space of 40m behind them. They lose the ball in the defensive line. It strikes again,” he said.

On the other hand, Min-jae Kim provided an excuse for a goal by missing a ball between his legs during a goal conceding scene, but was nevertheless recognized for his defense and received good reviews locally. In the Italian media ‘Sky Italia’, Kim Min-jae received a rating of 7.5 and received the third highest rating in the team, and the broadcaster of the French media ‘Bein Sports’ described Min-jae Kim as the “Emperor of Defense”.

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