Kim Min-jae (26) was frank as expected.
The Korean national soccer team led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann drew 2-2 in the Hana Bank invitational match against the Colombia national soccer team led by coach Nestor Lorenzo held at Munsu Stadium in Ulsan on the 24th at 8:00 pm (Korean time).
On this day, Kim Min-jae received unchanging trust in the first game played under Klinsman’s coaching system. Playing as a world-class center back for his team SSC Napoli, he contributed by showing dedicated defense in this match as well.
In the interview after the match, Kim Min-jae honestly answered questions about himself. He also had questions that could be sensitive, but he showed his colors.
First of all, regarding the game, he said, “(Colombia is a South American team) I knew it would be rough. I had South American colleagues, so I tried to respond strongly to that part. I tried to prevent it by sharing my experience with (Kim) Young-kwon.”
Coach Klinsman has declared that even if he concedes three goals rather than 1-0, he will play attacking football to win 4-3. Kim Min-jae explained, “It is important (as a defender to follow the manager’s wishes) that there are no goals. Our team has strikers who can solve the problem, so I think it is important not to concede.”
Kim Min-jae is close to winning the league with his team SSC Napoli, and is also in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League (UCL). When asked if he felt real, he said, “It’s an atmosphere where everyone (even though winning is strong) doesn’t want to lose in the league. The idea is that we have to win the rest of the schedule. The mood is to prepare while picking as many as possible. The opponents are tough, so we have to prepare well.”
With the appearance of Kim Min-jae, who has been performing outstandingly since his first season, there is an argument in Italy that he is not world class. Kim Min-jae said about this part, “I’m laughing and passing it over. I’m just working hard on the team, and I’m just trying to show a good image and learn.” 메이저놀이터
Kim Min-jae is being discussed as a potential defender of the year as well as the best 11 in Serie A this season. Kim Min-jae said, “I think individual awards are additional things that follow if the team does well. I always spend the season setting short-term and long-term goals. Because it’s a story that I did it. Rather than defender of the year or player of the year, I’m greedy about being selected as the best eleven.”
He also answered the rumor of a transfer to the English Premier League (EPL), which he mentioned as a dream stage. Recently, he has been linked with multiple teams such as Manchester United. “As you all know, there are many transfer rumors and stories in the news that are not true at all. Looking at the previous transfer process, I transferred to a team that was rarely mentioned. “I want to be unaffected and focus on the team. But it’s not easy to do that because I’m still on the outside. I want to focus on those games because there are a lot of important games left.”
Finally, regarding the physical burden, Kim Min-jae said, “I’d be lying if I said there was no honesty. But I was given a chance and I play to meet that expectation. I don’t show myself) and I think there are things that should be acknowledged. I’m just trying to do my best in every game and I’m trying not to be full.”