The central defender of the national soccer team, Kim Min-jae (Napoli), did not hide his regret for not being able to score a goalless game in Klinsmann’s debut stage.
The Korean national team, led by new coach Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany), drew 2-2 against Colombia in a friendly match held at Ulsan Munsu Soccer Stadium on the night of the 24th.
On this day, which was the team’s first game since the 2022 Qatar World Cup and coach Klinsman’s debut as a Korean coach, Son Heung-min scored consecutive goals in the 10th and 47th minutes of the first half, but as soon as he entered the second half, he conceded consecutive goals to James Rodriguez and Jorge Carrascal, eventually drawing a draw.
In particular, in the 2nd minute of the second half, Diego Valroyes dug into the right side of the penalty area and broke through Kim Min-jae’s defense, and Rodriguez finished the ball with his left foot, and Colombia’s pursuit began.
Kim Min-jae, who played full-time that day, said after the match, “I knew how to deal with the opponent well.”
At a press conference for the inauguration of the Korean head coach on the 9th, when asked what his football philosophy was and how he would apply it to Korean football, Klinsman emphasized that he was a former striker and said, “It is to win 1-0. “I prefer to win 4-3,” he said.
In this regard, defender Kim Min-jae said, “I will do it if the coach wants it, but I have to try not to concede as much as possible.” He added, “I think it’s a little more important not to concede because we have talented strikers in our team.”
Kim Min-jae is active in Italy’s Serie A wearing a Napoli uniform this season. Napoli dominated in Serie A and was on the verge of winning the championship, and in the UEFA Champions League, it reached the quarterfinals for the first time in its history and is continuing its challenge for the top spot. The interest of the big European clubs in Kim Min-jae continues.
However, Kim Min-jae said that he did not take the transfer rumor seriously. He said, “The transfer rumors in the news are not true at all.안전놀이터 For the past 4-5 years, transfer rumors have continued to appear, but I want to focus more on the team.”
Despite the forced march through both the league and the Champions League, Kim Min-jae said, “I got a chance, so I have to work hard to repay it. There are players who can’t play,” he said. “He lowered his stance.