Kim Min-jae (27) returned safely to Bayern Munich.
“We welcome Kim Min-jae back. Kim Min-jae, who participated in the Asian Cup as a member of the Korean national soccer team, will return to Munich on Wednesday afternoon from Qatar,” Munich said on its official website on the 7th (Korea Standard Time). “South Korea lost 0-2 to Jordan in the semifinals of the Asian Cup. Kim Min-jae, who started every match, failed to play only the match on the day due to accumulated warnings. After returning to Munich, Kim Min-jae trained individually at the Sevenor Strat training site.”
Kim then posted his return to the club’s official social networking site. In the video, Kim is starting his training by cycling at the Munich training site. A team official greeted Kim with a smile, saying, “Nice to meet you, Minjae.” Then, Kim replied with a smile, “Yes, I’m back. See you on Saturday.”
An important match will be held on Saturday, which Kim Min-jae mentioned. It is a big match between Munich and Bayer Leverkusen. Munich will play Leverkusen at 2:30 a.m. on the 11th in the 21st round away match of the Bundesliga. Leverkusen is the only team that is undefeated in the top five European leagues. Currently, Leverkusen leads the league with 52 points (16 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses), while Munich ranks second with 50 points (16 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses). If Munich beats Leverkusen in a showdown between the first and second places, it can rise to the top of the league.
Ahead of this season’s most important match, Munich earned a great deal of defense, Kim Min-jae. Kim Min-jae is a key defender who played in 21 official matches in Munich before going to the Asian Cup. Currently, with center back Dayo Upamecano out due to injury, Matthijs de Ligt and Eric Dier, who was urgently recruited in the winter transfer window, are forming a central defensive line. With Kim’s return, Munich has built a stronger defense capability.
Kim Min-jae played 120 minutes in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup against Australia on the 3rd until extra time, but he rested in the semifinals against Jordan on the 5th. Since he took a break for more than a week, he is expected to start as a Leverkusen starter. Kim Min-jae himself predicted his participation, saying, “See you on Saturday.”
Kim then has to deal with tight schedule. After the match against Leverkusen, the away matches of Lazio in the UEFA Champions League on June 15 and Bochum on June 19 will continue every four days.
Munich has played five league games since Kim Min-jae was away at the Asian Cup. In the last two games, “transfer student” Dyer started, but he was “anxious.” In particular, Dyer played full-time in the 19th round away to Augsburg, where he received the team’s only 6-point rating and the lowest 6.7 rating from the soccer statistics media “Sopascore.”
Kim Min-jae’s Asian Cup challenge ended somewhat in vain. The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, lost 0-2 in the semifinals of the tournament against Jordan at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Alayyan, Qatar, on the 7th (Korea time). Kim Min-jae, who was warned in the first group match against Bahrain, was warned again in the quarterfinals against Australia and missed the day due to accumulated warnings. I had no choice but to look at the defeat more bitterly on the bench.
Without Kim Min-jae, Korea’s defense was the worst. Jordan thoroughly targeted vulnerable Korean defense. He put pressure on the midfield and continued to rush into the wide back space, creating chances for shooting. Jordan, who shot 17 times, scored consecutive goals in the second half to secure a 2-0 full victory. Korea was frustrated not only in defense but also in attack. While Jordan hit five shots on goal, Korea never recorded a single one. It was regrettable that Coach Klinsmann also failed to make the most of Asia’s top strikers, including Son Heung-min, Lee Kang-in and Hwang Hee-chan. 토토사이트
Kim Min-jae’s story was also told at the Asian Cup. According to an official of the Korea Football Association, Kim Min-jae was selected as a doping test subject after the match against Australia, but after the test, he voluntarily cleaned the doping room. AFC selects two people per team as subjects for the doping test after the match. Kim Min-jae and Lee Kang-in were selected for Korea on the same day. The doping test, which is conducted through urine and blood tests, is conducted over time as the players who played the game exhausted their body moisture. It takes a long time. It can take more than two hours if it takes longer. At that time, he suffered tremendous physical exhaustion due to playing two consecutive extra games, but Kim Min-jae cleaned the doping room with the national team staff, saying, “You can think that the people who clean up this place did not clean up after the Koreans were confused.”