“Kim Min-jae is currently a disturbing element in the Munich defense. He needs to get used to the Bundesliga.” After German legend Lothar Matthäus criticized Kim, Bayern Munich fans were quick to respond.
Bayern Munich drew 2-2 with RB Leipzig in the sixth round of the 2023-24 German Bundesliga at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany, at 1:30 a.m. ET. With the one point, Munich moves into third place.
The match was tight. Munich conceded a first-half goal to Roy Offenda and then a second to Castello Ruckeba to go into halftime down 0-2. Fortunately, Harry Kane and Leroy Sane scored in the second half to get the game back on track. Munich were out for revenge, but had to settle for a point away from home.
Despite narrowly escaping with a point, the Bavarian defense cannot escape criticism for conceding two goals in the first half alone. As usual, the Bavarians started with Alfonso Davies, Kim Min-Jae, and Dayo Upamecano. The right fullback was not Nusair Mazrouei, but Konrad Reimer. Kim Min-jae and Upamecano have been Munich’s center back line this season, but their performances against Leipzig were not up to par.
In particular, it was pointed out that Kim was not at his best after returning from injury. Kim had missed the previous match, a cup tie, due to a calf injury, but returned to action against Leipzig. Even though Kim has been performing well despite his freshman status, he hasn’t been able to completely shake off the effects of his injury.
Tuchel also pointed this out. After the game, Tuchel said, “We spent a lot of time trying to execute the plan and find space. We made too many mistakes. Our defense was sloppy. Fortunately, we improved in the second half and we were able to come back,” he said.
“There was no reason for Kim Min-jae to go out in a one-on-one situation. Upamecano was running with him and giving him space. It was completely different from what we were trying to do,” he said, pointing out that both Kim and Upamecano made poor decisions.
Looking back at Kim’s stats for the day, he had 106 passes (115 attempts), 2 long passes (5 attempts), 2 successful tackles (100%), 2 clearances, 2 interceptions, 11 recoveries, 2 ground balls (3 attempts), and 1 aerial contest (4 attempts), according to soccer stats site Futbol.com. His rating was 7.3.
There was also criticism from legends. Munich and Germany legend Lothar Matthaeus told Germany’s Sky Sports, “Kim Min-jae is not yet what we 토토사이트 expected him to be. He is currently a source of anxiety for the Munich defense. He needs to get used to the Bundesliga. It’s not that I’m against signing him, but he’s not living up to expectations now, unlike in the Italian Serie A.” He added that Kim needs to improve his game.
However, Munich fans had a different opinion. “There are no mistake-free defenders,” “I completely disagree,” “He’s still adjusting,” “I believe in him because he has potential,” and more.