Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) has the highest rating of any Bundesliga defender. However, the German media is criticizing him. The English publication named him one of the Bundesliga’s best 11. Only the local German media is looking at Kim with a cold shoulder.레모나토토 도메인
90min released its best 11 after the 13th round of the Bundesliga on Sept. 15 (KST).
As the core of Bayern Munich’s fiercely contested Bundesliga title this season, Kim Min-jae formed a back four with Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah, Grimaldo, and Frimpong.
The Bavarians also have Harry Kane and Leroy Sane in their midfield.
Kim started against Heidenheim on Dec. 12, marking his 14th consecutive full game. His performance was fine. However, the ratings were not favorable.
Against Heidenheim, a mistake by Kim Min-jae cost Bayern Munich the equalizer. In the 25th minute of the second half, Kim made a mistake with a forward pass that led to the goal.
This season, Kim has been playing full-time for Bayern Munich since the last match against Mönchengladbach in the third round. He continued his streak of 14 consecutive full-time appearances against Heidenheim. Once again, Dayo Upamecano was substituted after 61 minutes, but Kim stayed on until the end.
In the 18th minute of the first half, Kim deflected a ball from a corner kick to set up Reimer’s shot. It was a moment of brilliance.
Bayern Munich had a crucial breakthrough in the 20th minute. Upamecano chased down a last-ditch effort from Kljestr and saved it. On the counterattack, the Bavarians had a chance in the 32nd minute when Zane’s crucial right-footed shot went wide of the post.
Kim Min-jae steadied the defense. Heidenheim pressed forward, but Kim was able to clear the ball off the line.
Kane exploded the scoring column once again. In the 44th minute, a cross from a corner kick was met by Kane with a high leaping header from distance. Kim Min-jae helped Kane get a free header with a tussle. Kane’s brace gave Munich a 2-0 halftime lead.
Bayern Munich dominated possession with 66% in the first half. They had a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal. Shots on goal were 4-0.
In the fifth minute of the second half, Kim Min-jae continued to chase down Kleindindst and prevented him from shooting. Kim continued to use her body to block the opponent’s penetrating passes. In the 13th minute of the second half, Kim made another crucial header off a cross.
On the ensuing counter-attack, Kane’s right-footed shot was blocked by the keeper. Kane missed a hat-trick opportunity. Kim Min-jae’s clearance kept Bayern Munich scoreless.
In the 15th minute of the second half, Munich made four changes. Kim’s partner Upamecano also left the field in the 16th minute. Mazurawi took over at center back. Kim Min-jae continued to play unchanged.
It was a decent performance, but mistakes were a problem. In the 22nd minute of the second half, with Munich leading 2-0, Hindenheim went on the counterattack. A ball cleared by Kim Min-jae found its way to Kleindindst, who scored the equalizer. In the 25th minute of the second half, Kim Min-jae’s forward pass led to the equalizer.
Unlike earlier in the season, Kim’s passes were not as accurate or focused as they were earlier in the season, which could be attributed to physical exhaustion.This season, Kim has played the most minutes of any defender in the four major leagues.
For starters, Kim has had to start all 11 Bundesliga games and all four UEFA Champions League matches.
According to the official Bundesliga and UCL websites, his minutes played are even higher (956 minutes in 11 league games and 360 minutes in 4 UCL games). In short, Kim Min-jae is playing an unreasonable schedule. It’s not just in South Korea, but in Germany as well, where it’s been suggested that he should be given a break.
Kim has a season rating of 7.11 according to the statistical site Futurescore.com. With the Bundesliga now in its 11th round, Kim’s rating is the highest of any center back in the Bundesliga. The next highest rated center back after Kim is Jonathan Tinde of Leverkusen with a 7.10 rating.
This season, Kim has appeared in 11 league games, averaging 1.2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, and 3.2 clearances per game. His interceptions and caused turnovers are team highs. He also won an average of 3.5 aerial battles. This is a team-high and ranks ninth in the league in that category. His 92.7 percent passing success rate ranks fifth in the league.
Bayern Munich’s president and head coach were aware of the criticism, and set out to defend Kim. First, Bayern Munich president Christian Pruyne said, “He’s playing a tough schedule, playing over 90 minutes every game. It’s natural for him to have lapses in concentration (due to fitness issues), but he’s only human,” he said.
Tuchel himself, who has been harshly criticizing Kim, defended him in an interview after the game against Heidenheim: “The goal was due to a mistake. Kim Min-jae definitely made a mistake at the back and it was caused by a bad play,” he said in an interview after the game, adding, “I’m not in a position to criticize him, but it’s true that he played too much,” effectively admitting his own fault.
Despite the defense of the captain and coach, the German media remained cold. In the kicker’s rating system, a five is the lowest possible score.
Aside from that, the German media focused on Kim Min-jae’s poor performance and criticized him. It’s a tough situation in many ways. While he certainly made mistakes, it’s a harsh assessment considering the circumstances.
National soccer team coach Jürgen Klinsmann, a former German legend, also commented on Kim Min-jae, saying, “I don’t understand the overwork and underperformance controversy. I don’t understand the controversy,” he said, adding that the German media was probably just trying to write a story because they had nothing better to do.
In fact, unlike the German media, the British media objectively recognized Kim’s performance.
90min acknowledged his performance in November when they named him as the right central defender in their best 11 for the Bundesliga at the start of the 11th round.
If you look at the rest of the roster here, you can see why Kim is a big deal. Aside from Kim, the rest of the backline is a trio of Leverkusen players who are competing with Bayern Munich for the title.
However, Kim is playing without his world-class teammates, Der Licht and Upamecano, and with less than stellar support on both flanks.
Kane, who was selected alongside Kim, has scored 17 goals in 11 games, while Sane has also been a consistent performer.