Naples fans are worried about the unfamiliar appearance of Kim Min-jae (27, Naples) being replaced.
Napoli defeated Sampdoria 2-0 in the 17th round of Serie A in the 2022-2023 season held at Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa, Italy on the 9th (hereinafter Korean time). With the victory, Napoli secured the top spot in the league with 14 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss, with 44 points.
Kim Min-jae, who started as a starter, also performed impressively. He moved forward smartly, blocked the opponent’s pass in advance, and was not pushed back at all in a physical fight. In addition, Kim Min-jae played a key role in the build-up by sending accurate long passes several times forward.
In the meantime, Kim Min-jae left the field as a surprise substitute at the start of the second half. It was the first substitution out since moving to Napoli. Concerns surrounding Kim Min-jae’s physical condition continued in the field.
Fortunately, he wasn’t seriously injured. According to Italy’s ‘SPORT face’, manager Luciano Spalletti said after the match, “Kim Min-jae’s muscles are tight. We didn’t want to take risks.” Kim Min-jae also complained of calf muscle pain at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Despite Spalletti’s explanation, Napoli fans are still worried. Italy’s ‘Daily News 24’ reported, “It is still unclear whether Kim Min-jae will play against Juventus. Coach Spalletti has reassured everyone, but fans are concerned.”
Then, the media said, “Kim Min-jae should start the game against Juventus. However, a decision will not be made until after a detailed examination tomorrow. 안전놀이터 It is currently impossible to determine the type of muscle fatigue and how long it will take to recover 100%.” he added.
Napoli will bring Juventus home on the 14th to face off. Juventus, currently in 3rd place in the league, is closely chasing Napoli, along with AC Milan in 2nd place (37 points above). As it is an important game that can determine the direction of the championship, Napoli is expected to need Kim Min-jae, the ‘core of the defense’.