Giuseppe Savoldi is missing Kim Min-jae.
Kim Min-jae was the core of Naples last season. Kim Min-jae, who left Fenerbahce and joined Napoli ahead of the 2022-23 season, established himself as the team’s main defender from the beginning of the season, and showed outstanding performance throughout the season, playing a leading role in the process of Napoli winning the Italian Serie A title for the first time in 33 years. . Kim Min-jae, who had everything he lacked as a center back, including speed, competition, forward ability, and passing, was recognized for his performance and was selected as the best defender and best eleven in Serie A last season.토토사이트
His performance led to interest. Kim Min-jae, who had been linked to big overseas clubs such as Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) even before the end of the season, received interest from Bayern Munich after the summer transfer window opened. Munich, which needed to strengthen its center back position, actively courted Kim Min-jae. Even while Kim Min-jae was receiving basic military training, he contacted his agent and continued negotiations, and manager Thomas Tuchel called Kim Min-jae directly and persuaded him.
In the end, Minjae Kim accepted Munich’s offer. Since Kim Min-jae’s contract terms included a buyout clause, the transfer fee was not an issue. So Kim Min-jae left Napoli after one season and joined Munich. Even after joining Munich, Kim Min-jae has established himself as a key player in the team, just as he did in Naples. Kim Min-jae appeared as a starter in all six official games played after moving to Munich. Munich is cheering on Kim Min-jae’s performance.
On the contrary, Naples is keenly feeling the absence of Kim Min-jae. Napoli has recorded 2 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss, 8 goals, and 5 conceded in the 5 games played since the start of this season. Conceding 5 goals in 5 games means conceding one goal per game. It is true that it does not seem like they conceded many goals, but considering that Napoli allowed a total of 28 goals throughout last season, you can see that Napoli’s defense is currently shaky.
Napoli legend Savoldi, who played for Naples in the past, said that Kim Min-jae’s absence is significant. In a recent interview with Italian media ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’, Savoldi was asked to compare Naples last season and this season, saying, “On a scale from 0 to 10, last season it was 9, but now it does not exceed 6.” He said.
Regarding Kim Min-jae’s absence, he said, “I always said that I really miss Kim Min-jae. He was the team’s reference point. If Kim Min-jae took over as an opposing player, that player could not play.”