Kim Min-jae, was it pushed back to 4 options… Tuchel finally turned away → Bench → UCL for 90 minutes against Cologne is also uncertain

April 14, 2024 | by

Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) failed to play in the match against FC Cologne, as he was defeated by Dayo Upamecano. It is also unclear whether he will play in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal against Arsenal.

Kim Min-jae was eventually absent after sitting on the bench for 90 minutes in the 29th round home game of the German Bundesliga in the 2023-2024 season against FC Cologne at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany on the 13th (Korea time). 여우알바

The result was unexpectedly different. The Bundesliga secretariat said on its official website that Kim Min-jae will start the match against Cologne in anticipation of Munich’s lineup. The Bundesliga predicted that Munich will stage a 4-2-3-1 formation, and that Kim Min-jae and Upamecano will form a central defense combination.

Coach Thomas Tuchel also mentioned the possibility of Kim Min-jae playing in the match against Cologne ahead of the match. When asked about the rotation of center backs, Tuchel said, “It is important that Matthijs Diricht and Eric Dier play together, but the two players have to prepare for the midweek match. They are not needed in tomorrow’s match (against Cologne). Upamecano and Kim Min-jae also have chances.”

However, Tuchel ultimately chose The Licht and Dier. On the day, Munich took the lead in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Sven Ulaihi kept the goal post, while Nusair Mazrawi, The Licht, Dier and Jojua Kimmich made up the back four. Aleksandar Pavlovic and Rafael Geheiro were the third candidates, while Kingsley Coman, Thomas Müller and Matisse Tell were the second candidates. Harry Kane was named as the front-line one-top.

He was expected to play the league game with ease when he had to go all-in to the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Arsenal next week, but if he goes wrong in the Bundesliga, he could fall to the top 5 or 6 of next season’s Champions League, so he chose the main defensive combination for now.

Cologne fought back with a 4-5-1 formation. Marvin Schwabe wore goalkeeper gloves, while Max Pinkgrepe, Julian Shabot, Timo Huibers and Jan Tillman formed the back four. Florian Kainz, Dejan Ljubicic, Jakob Christensen, Lynton Maina and Faride Alidou played in the midfield, while Sargis Adamian played for the Munich goal at the front line.

The game was fiercely contested. Munich and Cologne exchanged attacks alternately. In the 9th minute of the first half, Alidou’s shot slightly missed the goal and Cologne missed the opportunity to take the lead. Two minutes later, Munich swallowed its disappointment as Tel’s shot was blocked by the goalkeeper.

Munich continued to attack after that. Geheiro’s shot in the 30th minute of the first half was blocked by the goalkeeper. Kane’s shot following Mueller’s pass hit the post. Kane once again hit the shot, but it did not lead to a score.

At the end of the first half, Tel’s shot hit the net again, and Munich hit the ground. In the end, the first half ended 0-0 without scoring.

In the second half, Tuchel made a change. However, Kim was not chosen. Upamecano replaced Kim as the substitute for Durricht. Mazrawi also went down to the bench, and Alfonso Davis was substituted.

In time, Munich’s first goal was scored. Geheiro’s left-footed shot, which received Kimich’s pass, shook the net.

Dyer’s super save was also made. Upamecano’s pass miss gave Cologne a critical shot, but Dyer positioned himself well and blocked it with his body. The ball that flowed out afterwards led to Cologne’s shot again, but Ulaihi made a good save.

Munich won 2-0 when Müller scored an additional goal in stoppage time in the second half. However, Kim Min-jae was on the bench until the end and bowed his head. He was absent for the second consecutive game after being benched in a match against Arsenal last week.

The shock is even greater as it seems to have been pushed back by Upamecano, who was 4 options.

In Munich, he was included in the starting lineup in every game in the first half and proved to be the best center back in the world, but in the second half, he fell behind in the main competition and held the bench for four consecutive games for the first time since his professional debut.

When Munich lost three consecutive games in February, it boldly excluded Kim Min-jae and started Dier and Diricht. When Kim Min-jae succeeded in escaping consecutive losses with a 2-1 home win at RB Leipzig in the 23rd round of the Bundesliga, which went down to the bench, Tuchel decided not to change the center-back combination. In particular, Upamecano, who had made a series of big mistakes, was reduced to four options at all.

Kim Min-jae, who went down to the bench, was excluded from the starting lineup for four consecutive games, including the 27th round home game of the league against Borussia Dortmund on March 31. During this period, Kim Min-jae played only as a substitute in the second half of the 25th round against Mainz, which ended with a landslide 8-1 victory on March 9.

Kim Min-jae, who did not receive a chance, returned to the starting lineup after five games as he started the 2023-2024 German Bundesliga 28th round FC Heidenheim away match at Heidenheim Foyt Arena in Germany on the 7th

With Kim Min-jae starting as a central defender on the day, Munich succeeded in gaining the upper hand in the 38th minute of the first half when World Class striker Harry Kane scored the first goal. The attack, which started with Kim Min-jae’s forward pass, was completed with Kane’s first goal through Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry.

After Kane scored the first goal, Munich finished the first half 2-0 as Gnabry, who helped Kane score in the 45th minute of the first half, also scored an additional goal. Kim Min-jae, who started the game, was expected to receive favorable reviews after the game because he not only finished the first half without a score, but also served as the starting point when Kane scored the first goal.

However, Munich began to crumble after the second half began. Heidenheim scored three goals in the second half alone to achieve a sweeping victory, while Munich suffered a humiliating 2-3 upset loss against the promotion team by conceding three stones in the second half alone.

After the game, many local German media pointed to Kim Min-jae as the cause of the upset loss. Kim Min-jae competed with home team striker Tim Kleindinst in the defensive camp during the opponent’s goalkeeper’s long kick in the 5th minute of the second half, but failed to pull it off properly and the ball fell right in front of the Munich penalty area.


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