It was a game that showed the Bundesliga what kind of player Kim Min-Jae (26-Bayern Munich) is. He impressed with his physicality at the back and his steady defense, as well as his excellent footwork.

메이저사이트 Kim started and played the full 68 minutes of Bayern Munich’s 2023-2024 Bundesliga first-leg away match against Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion in Bremen, Germany, at 3:30 a.m. ET on Sept. 19. Bayern Munich went on to win 4-0, marking the 12th consecutive season in which they have won their opening match in the league.

The match marked Kim’s Bundesliga debut. Having previously made his Bayern Munich debut as a second-half substitute in the German Football Association (DFL) Super Cup, he was given the chance to start. As in the DFL Super Cup, he partnered with Dayo Upamecano (24) against the Werder Bremen attackers.

Werder Bremen, Kim’s first Bundesliga opponent, has one of the league’s most lethal tandems. Niklas Fühlkrug (30), who led the Bundesliga with 16 goals last season, and Marvin Duchsche (29), who was seventh in scoring with 12 goals. A tough opponent awaited, but Kim was undaunted and kept his usual composure.

After taking the lead through Leroy Janet (27) in the fourth minute of the first half, Bayern Munich moved their line up significantly. With the exception of Kim Min-jae and Upamecano, the rest of the field players were in Werder Bremen’s zone. Kim Min-jae was a big risk, but his quick feet and delivery kept him out of trouble.

With Bayern Munich largely in control, there weren’t too many moments in the first half where Kim’s defense stood out. Instead, we saw him supporting his team’s attack with passes from the back. He would read the movements of his teammates in front of him and make accurate forward passes to help them advance. In the 45th minute, he scored his first goal in the Bundesliga with a header off a Joshua Kimmich (28) kick from a corner.

Three minutes into the second half, a miscommunication with a teammate resulted in a shot on target, but he was immediately rewarded with a Kim Min-jae moment in defense. He used his quick feet to chase down Dukshu, who had penetrated the space behind him, and then made a precise tackle to deny him a shot on goal. Despite being offside, it was a professional display of concentration.

After receiving one caution, Kim was replaced by Matthijs de Lichte (24) in the 23rd minute to complete his league debut. Sports statistician Sofascore gave Kim a rating of 7.1 on the day. With 69 successful passes (95% success rate), 2 clearances, 2 key passes, and 0 dribbles conceded, he showed off his ability as a ‘complete defender’, making us look forward to his future in Germany.

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