Minjae, The Monster

On the 19th, the Bundesliga’s official website poured out stormy praise for Bayern Munich’s offense and defense ace Kane and Kim Min-jae under the headline “Kane’s lightning start and Kim Min-jae’s class shone.”

“Monster center back” Kim Min-jae played his best game since joining Munich in the match against Stuttgart in the 15th round of the German Bundesliga in the 2023-2024 season at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on the 18th. He scored a header in the 25th minute of the first half, but he was declared offside, but scored his league debut goal and net goal in the 18th minute of the second half when he was 2-0 ahead, leading to a 3-0 win. It was his Bundesliga debut goal in his 21st game, including the Cup, after moving from Napoli to Munich last summer.

Kim Min-jae was proudly listed in the defense category in the Bundesliga’s 15th round of best 11 selected by the Bundesliga secretariat on the 19th. It is the first time that Kim Min-jae, who entered the Bundesliga this season, has been selected as the round’s best 11.

Munich fullback Alphonso Davies and multi-goal Harry Kane were also listed in the top 11. Unfortunately, Kim Min-jae’s header assist record, which helped Kane score multiple goals, was erased. Kane shook the net with a header after taking over the header pass from Kim Min-jae in the 10th minute of the second half, and although it was recorded as one goal and one assist, Kim Min-jae’s point of attack on Wednesday changed to one goal.

The Bundesliga’s website praised the absolute ace Kane’s performance and Bayern Munich’s defense, writing, “Upamecano almost completely overwhelmed Stuttgart goaltender Seru Girasi, and Kim Min-jae showed one of the most powerful matches wearing a Bayern Munich uniform,” before separately mentioning the title. “The 27-year-old player was not only a strong supporter of his teammates as a leader but also a real threat in offense with his uncompromising tackle,” he said. “The first half header was not recognized as offside, but the monster Kim Min-jae made it 3-0 with a header in the 18th minute of the second half to give the German champions a goal.” “Min-jae has already shown good teamwork with Upameccano at Old Trafford. Both players were very strong in physical and concentration today,” coach Thomas Tuchel also praised the move. “Bayern Munich has recorded clean sheets (no points) in seven of the 14 Bundesliga games, which is the best record in the German league.”

According to the Bundesliga’s official website, Kim ranks 36th among all players and overwhelmingly first among center backs with 302 sprints (speeding speed of 25.2 kilometers or more) as of the 15th round of the German Bundesliga in the 2023-2024 season. There are not many situations where center backs who aim for clean sheets are sprinting. However, Kim, who has fast feet, cuts sprints near the halfway line or actively participates in the build-up when the flow of attack remains unstable or when danger is detected. The top speed is 34.43 kilometers per hour, ranking 48th overall, and 6th in Munich. Compared to his teammate Jung Woo-young (Schutgart, 34.36 kilometers per hour), who has fast feet, he runs a lot at the same time. He runs a total of 144.6 kilometers per game, which means he runs more than 10 kilometers per game on average. He ranks 42nd overall and 1st in his team. He also ranks 11th overall with 54 successful aerial ball competitions, 23rd overall with 138 successful ground competitions, and 3rd overall with 94.94 percent success rate of open-play passes. Data has proven that the most scoreless runs in seven of Munich’s 14 games stemmed from the monster’s power, which “is absolutely evident from somewhere when danger is detected.” 스포츠토토