Italian Serie A AS Roma head coach José Mourinho made this evaluation after being blocked by “monster defender” Kim Min-jae (27)’s impregnable defense. Kim Min-jae played full-time in the league match against AS Roma and blocked the opponent’s attack, taking the 스포츠토토 lead in Napoli’s 4-game winning streak. As the gap with second place in the league widened further, Kim Min-jae was more likely to win the league championship title from the first season of transfer.
Napoli defeated AS Roma 2-1 in the 2022-2023 Serie A round 18 home game held at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples, Italy on the 30th. Napoli, who had been undefeated in 15 league games since the opening, continued their upward trend with four consecutive wins. Napoli (17 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss, 53 points) has a greater chance of winning as it widens the difference between second place Inter Milan (13 wins, 1 draw, 6 losses, 40 points) to 13 points.
On this day, Kim Min-jae, who started as a central defender in sync with teammate Amir Rahmani, was truly a ‘wall’. Kim Min-jae recorded 9 kicks, the most among both teams. Kim Min-jae also had the most shots in the shooting block category twice, and also made two decisive tackles. The three strikers of Roma showed a struggle against Kim Min-jae’s defense to the extent that they only managed to shoot twice.
Napoli secured space for Victor Osimen’s sharp cross from him in the 17th minute with a perfect touch in front of the Roma defenders, and scored the opening goal with a powerful direct shot. In the 30th minute of the second half, Stefan El Sharawi scored a comeback goal for Roma. The close match ended in Napoli’s victory when Giovanni Simeone scored the winning goal in the 41st minute of the second half.
“You have to consider that Napoli have two very strong, good and fast central defenders,” Mourinho told reporters after the game. In particular, Kim Min-jae was a fantastic and phenomenal player,” he praised.
Meanwhile, Oh Hyeon-gyu (22), who joined Celtic, a Scottish professional soccer team, made his regular league debut that day. Celtic won 2-0 in an away game against Dundee United in the 23rd round of the 2022-2023 Scottish Professional Football Premiership held at Tanardyce Stadium in Dundee, Scotland, England. In the 37th minute of the second half, with the team leading 2-0, Oh Hyun-kyu, who stepped on the ground wearing the number 19, left a mark with his unique high-activity. In the extra time of the second half, he posted a sharp cross from the right flank, and it was noticeable that he did not lose his body even in a fight with the opposing defender.