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“If I were the manager, I would shake hands with Kim first”… ‘Milan legend’ fell in love with Kim Min-jae

AC Milan’s legendary defender Alessandro Costacurta highly praised Kim Min-jae’s performance in the UEFA Champions League. 안전놀이터

On the 22nd (Korean time), Napoli won 2-0 in the 2022/23 season Frankfurt and 2022/23 UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg away match at Deutsche Bank Parque in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Napoli showed a better performance against Frankfurt from the first half, winning the away game comfortably with Victor Osimen’s opening goal in the 40th minute of the first half and Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s additional goal in the 20th minute of the second half.

Kim Min-jae, who started as a starter, contributed to the team’s victory by showing great performance despite his first appearance in the Champions League tournament. 

Kim Min-jae blocked Mouani completely with opposing striker Randall Cole, did not allow a run, and blocked Frankfurt’s crosses several times to block the attack. He also proved his outstanding performance in records such as the most successful passes in the game (125), the most successful ball competitions (12), the most successful tackles (4), and the 100% dribble success rate. 

In response to Kim Min-jae’s performance, defenders who have been active in Serie A and the Champions League for a long time also took the lead in praising Kim Min-jae. 

Costacurta, an AC Milan legend and soccer commentator, recalled Kim Min-jae in an interview with Sky Sports in Italy after the game.

Costacurta was a key player when AC Milan commanded the European stage in the 1990s and early 2000s, and was a large defender who also won five Champions League titles. In addition to winning the Champions League, he built up a staggering record with AC Milan, including seven Serie A titles and four UEFA Super Cup titles. 

Costacurta said, “If I were Luciano Spalletti, I would go to the locker room and shake hands with Min-jae Kim, who was very good. If possible, he should start by praising Min-jae Kim.” 

UEFA selected Irving Lozano, who helped the winning goal, as the official MOM (Man of the Match) for the match, but Kim Min-jae was recognized for showing the best performance within the team, competing for first and second place in the ratings of various media after the match.

The statistics company ‘Foot Mob’ picked Kim Min-jae as the game’s MOM. He received a rating of 8.7 and was recognized for showing the best performance, surpassing Victor Osimen (8.3), who scored the first goal, and Giovanni Di Lorenzo (8.5), who scored an additional goal.

Eurosport also gave Kim Min-jae a rating of 8 and evaluated that he was the main player in the victory along with Rossano and Di Lorenzo. 

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