‘Monster’ Kim Min-jae’s confidence: “As long as I don’t make any mistakes, I can win any match”

“As long as we don’t make any mistakes, we can win any game.”

That’s what Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) said after the Vietnam War, when he helped Klinsmann keep a clean sheet. Once again, Kim played an “iron wall” defense and even scored a goal himself to help his team win the game. After the game, he was named the Most Valuable Player (MOM) and was applauded by the fans.

The national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, won a convincing 6-0 victory over Vietnam in an exhibition match at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on Sunday. Klinsmann’s squad was handed its worst-ever start to a World Cup campaign, but the victory extended its winning streak to three games. The team has been on fire offensively, scoring 10 goals in just two October A matches.안전놀이터

It was none other than Kim Min-jae who opened the scoring on this day, finding the back of the net with a neat header from Lee Kang-in’s corner kick in the fifth minute. The Vietnamese defense didn’t mark him at all. It was literally a free header.

The Koreans then added another goal from Hwang Hee-chan in the 28th minute to take an early lead. It was a one-sided affair as the Koreans outplayed their opponents. In the second half, Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Lee Kang-in, and Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) joined the scoring race to seal the victory.

Kim Min-jae, who was praised for his aggressive defense in the second half, played 75 minutes before being replaced by Kim Joo-sung (FC Seoul). Kim received a huge ovation from the fans and was named MOM after the game, ending the October A match.

After the match, Kim spoke to reporters in the mix zone and said, “We did well in the direction we wanted. All the players did a good job, so it was a good result,” and gave credit to his teammates.

When the media asked him if he had improved since joining Munich, he said, “There is no such thing. I’m still doing the same things I did when I was at Napoli,” was his modest response. When asked about the national team’s defense of late, he said, “Our players are trying to get better. Our offense is very good, so if we don’t make mistakes on defense, I think we can win any game.”

Meanwhile, Kim Min-jae is also said to be in the midst of a ‘strong run’. The Bavarians are struggling with a shallow central defense, with Dayo Upamecano, his partner during the A-Match, out for three weeks. It’s a daunting schedule for Kim, who has already played every official game except cup competitions. “I’ve said it before, but it’s better to play a lot and have a hard time than not play at all,” he said, adding, “All the players are playing in a tough situation. They know how to manage it,” he said encouragingly.

Lastly, Kim Min-jae gave an honest response to the negative publicity directed at Klinsmann. “Has there been a good public opinion of coaches in the past?” he asked, “Results are made by the players. Of course, the coach’s role is important, but it’s important for the players to do well and change the atmosphere.”

Meanwhile, after the A match, Kim Min-jae will return to his club, Bayern Munich. His first opponent will be Mainz, where teammate Lee Jae-sung plays. “It’s my first Korean derby,” said Kim. I’m looking forward to it. I want to do well and win the game,” he said. The match between Mainz and Munich will be held at the Meva Arena in Mainz on March 21.

The following is a one-on-one interview with Kim Min-jae.

  • Your two-game series in October ended with multiple goals, how did you feel about the victory over Vietnam?
    We did well in the direction we wanted. All the players played well, so it was a good result.
  • Do you feel more confident since joining Bayern Munich?
    There is no such thing. I think I’m doing the same things I did when I was at Napoli.
  • Some people say that the defense has become stronger.
    I think it’s good. The players are also trying to do better. We have a good offense, so I think we can win any match if we don’t make mistakes.
  • Are there any fitness issues due to the push?
    It’s better to play too much and be tired than not play enough and be tired. All the players are playing in a difficult situation. Last year I played a lot with Napoli and the national team. I know how to manage it, and I’ll have to do a better job of not getting injured.

The South Korean national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, played an exhibition match against the Vietnam national team on Sunday afternoon at the Suwon World Cup Stadium. Kim Min-jae celebrates after scoring the first goal with a header in the first half. Suwon=Jung Si-jong Reporter capa@edaily.co.kr /2023.10.17.

  • How would you rate your performance?
    The whole team was better than me, because we didn’t concede a goal, so I think it’s a good result.
  • Were you prepared for the corner kick with Lee Kang-in?
    I’ve been hitting them since set-piece training, and (Lee) has such a good kick that even if I just put my head on it, it goes in. The same goes for (Son) Heung-min’s kicks.
  • On scoring his first A-match goal in a year
    I’m not a very good defender, so I tend to go for the second ball rather than staying in the box, but this time the tactics were a bit more tailored to me. It was a good result.
  • In the seven months since Klinsmann’s arrival, there has been some negative publicity about him.
    I don’t think there’s ever been a coach with a good public opinion. The players have to produce the results. The manager’s role is important, but it’s also important for the players to play well and change the atmosphere.
  • On the 21st, you will face Mainz Lee Jae-Sung in the league.
    It’s my first Korean derby, so I’m looking forward to it. I want to play well and win the game.
  • You’ve been switching back and forth between left and right back.
    I don’t know to be honest. Even at Napoli, I played when Rahmani was out with an injury. I feel comfortable wherever I play.


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