Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti directly announced that Kim Min-jae, who was concerned about injury, would play in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 against Frankfurt.
Napoli is ahead of the second leg match against Frankfurt in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League in the 2022/23 season, which will be held at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples, Italy at 5 am (Korean time) on the 16th.
Napoli are close to reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.
Napoli, who won 2-0 in the first leg away, are likely to advance to the quarterfinals as they play the second leg at their home안전놀이터, which has recorded only one loss in the official match this season.
It was Kim Min-jae’s injury concern that made Napoli fans worried in the situation ahead of the game. Kim Min-jae complained of calf pain after a collision with Duvan Zapata in a league match against Atalanta on the 12th, and was replaced by Joao Jejus in the 31st minute of the second half.
The area where Kim Min-jae was injured was also injured during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, so after the game coach Spalletti said, “Min-jae Kim is fine. He has to train tomorrow morning,” a statement reassuring the fans, but a look of concern about Min-jae Kim. this was strong
However, coach Spalletti once again directly mentioned Kim Min-jae’s physical condition at the press conference before the match against Frankfurt, revealing that there was no problem with his participation.
“Minjae Kim, Alex Meret and Irving Lozano can all play against Frankfurt,” said Spalletti. He confirmed whether Kim Min-jae could start.
In addition to Spalletti’s remarks, Kim Min-jae appeared in training photos released by Napoli, and it was confirmed that he was preparing to participate in training normally.
Kim Min-jae’s appearance at the top is expected to be a great boost to Napoli’s advance to the quarterfinals.
This season, Kim Min-jae is showing great defensive power in the Champions League as well. In the first match against Frankfurt, the opposing striker Randall Cole completely blocked Muani and led the team to victory.
He recorded the most successful passes in the team (125), the most successful ball contests in the team (12), 7 clearings, and 11 ball possession recovery (recovery), and some media also picked Kim Min-jae as the best player in the game.