“Monster defender” Kim Min-jae has scored his first offensive point since joining German professional soccer giants Bayern Munich.
Munich played a preseason friendly against Liverpool (England) at the Singapore National Stadium on Sept. 2 (KST). Starting in the central defense alongside Upamecano, Kim Min-jae showed off the presence of a top-notch defender with a strong performance in the air and on the ball.
On this day, his offensive abilities stood out even more. In the 33rd minute of the first half, when the team was down 0-2, Kim picked up an assist by playing a “courier long pass” from the back to forward flanker Serge Gnabry. After receiving the pass on the left side of the penalty box, Gnabry beat one defender and rattled the net with a right-footed shot.
It was Kim Min-jae’s first offensive point in his second game in a Munich uniform. He made his Munich debut on March 29 in a friendly against Kawasaki Frontale (Japan). At the time, he was praised for his attacking abilities. Munich head coach Thomas Tuchel said: “Minjae played a good game, not only defensively but also offensively. It was his first game with us, and I’m very happy with it,” he said, adding that “he trains very hard and is doing well.” When the 2023-24 season begins, Tuchel will look to Kim to provide the buildup and his partner Matthijs Duricht to lead the defense.스포츠토토
Spurred on by the Kim-Minjae-Gnabry combination, Munich drew level at 2-2 in the 42nd minute. Kim Min-jae had been the starting point of Munich’s offense in the final third throughout the first half. He played quick, crisp forward passes and, when the situation called for it, side-to-side crosses to control the flow of play. Despite conceding two goals to Liverpool in the first half, he kept his composure and made several key saves to deny the opposition. Kim Min-jae played only the first half before being rested in favor of Matthijs Duricht.