Napoli (Italy), which is aiming to advance to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in history, is in an emergency. We lost in the first leg of the quarterfinals, and bad news overlapped that key players such as Kim Min-jae could not participate in the second leg due to punishment.
Napoli lost 0-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League in the 2022-23 season against AC Milan (Napoli) held at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy on the 13th (hereinafter Korean time).
In order for Napoli to advance to the semifinals, they need to win by more than two goals in the second leg of the quarterfinals, which will be held on the 19th at home.
For Napoli, who recently suffered two consecutive losses to AC Milan, including the regular league, it is impossible to guarantee victory in the second game.
When Kim Min-jae was pointed out for a foul in the 34th minute of the second half of the first leg against Milan, he received his third yellow card in the Champions League this season after being pointed out for a foul.
Kim Min-jae, who previously received warnings in the group stage against Rangers (Scotland) and in the round of 16 against Frankfurt (Germany)먹튀검증, will miss the second match according to the rule that if she accumulates three warnings from the group stage to the quarterfinals, she cannot participate in the next game. Kim Min-jae’s departure is expected to greatly affect the team’s strength.
Kim Min-jae, who joined Naples this season, is showing off world-class defense by leading the team with his quick feet and high air supremacy. His performance also shone against AC Milan.
In the 25th minute of the first half, in the opponent’s counterattack situation, Kim Min-jae overcame the crisis with quick judgment and quick movements. At that time, when Rafael Leang advanced with a single dribble, Kim Min-jae blocked the pass space for Olivier Giroud and quickly approached Leang, inducing an inaccurate shot.
On this day, Kim Min-jae recorded the most aerial competition victories among both teams, winning all 7 fights for air supremacy. Considering that AC Milan has striker Giroud who is good at post play, Kim Min-jae’s number of victories in the air is impressive.
Kim Min-jae is a defender, but his absence can lead to a weakening of the offense. Kim Min-jae’s ability to cover the space behind him with his quick feet enabled Napoli to realize coach Luciano Spalletti’s extreme attacking football.
In addition, after blocking the ball, Kim Min-jae served as the starting point for the team’s attack with a quick dribble breakthrough or forward pass, speeding up Napoli’s counterattack. This is the reason why Kim Min-jae’s departure can also affect his attack.
Coach Spalletti, who confidently shouted victory in the league and Champions League, fell into deep trouble to fill the vacancy of Kim Min-jae for the remaining week. Only when Kim Min-jae’s gap is effectively filled is it possible to advance to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in history.