Napoli defender Kim Min-jae received the highest rating in the team in the first half and was recognized for his performance.
On the 25th (Korean time), the influential Italian newspaper ‘Corriere dello Sport (CDS)’ evaluated Napoli’s first half of the 2022/23 season and also rated the players’ performance.
Napoli finished the first half of this season with 16 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss (50 points), beating 2nd place AC Milan (38 points) by 12 points and leading the league.
This is the first time in Serie A history that at the end of the first half, the points difference between the league leaders and runners-up was 12 points. As much as that, Napoli’s move this season is overwhelming when compared to other teams.
Corriere dello Sport said: “Napoli entered the season full of uncertainty, saying goodbye to Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne, Fabian Ruiz, Kalidou Coulibaly and David Ospina. The difference between the 2nd place and 12 points is 13 points and the 3rd place is 13 points.”
“The rebirth of Naples came from the revolution of President Aurelio De Laurentiis. He boldly reorganized the weekly wage system. We criticized him at the time, but honestly, we have to admit that we are wrong,” he praised the Napoli management team. did.
In terms of player ratings, most of the players received good ratings because they are Napoli players in the league. Among them, there was a player who received the highest rating. It was Kim Min-jae.
Kim Min-jae received a rating of 9.5 along with Victor Osimen, Hvita Kvarachhelia, and Stanislav Lovtka, and was evaluated as the best performance.
Kim Min-jae, who was recruited as a replacement for Koulibaly, a key Napoli player, established himself as a starter from the beginning of the season and started as a starter in most of the team’s league matches.
In Napoli, which pursues attack-oriented soccer by forming a high line, Kim Min-jae blocked the opponent’s attack by covering a wide area in the rear. He showed the scene of cutting off the opponent counterattack and breaking through the back space several times in each game.
Kim Min-jae showed off his overwhelming defensive power against top strikers in the Serie A, such as Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), and Ciro Immobile (Lazio), based on his speed, space pressure, and excellent tackling ability. 먹튀검증
Thanks to Kim Min-jae’s performance, Napoli solidified its lead in the league by recording the least goals conceded (14 goals) despite its attack-oriented football.
Osimen and Kvarachhelia, who received the highest rating along with Kim Min-jae, are the core of the attack, scoring 13 and 7 points, respectively, and the robot car is also the center of Napoli’s midfield, so the media seems to have evaluated Min-jae Kim as the core of Naples’ defense.
In addition to this, captains Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Mario Hui, and central midfielder Andre-Frank Jambo Anguisa scored 8.5 points, starting goalkeeper Alex Meret scored 8 points, and Min-jae Kim’s center back partner Amir Rahmani scored 7.5 points.
Corriere dello Sport also praised the manager and scouting area for acquiring players who have performed outstandingly this season.
Coach Luciano Spalletti and general manager Cristiano Giuntoli recruited Kim Min-jae and Kvarachhelia, and succeeded in changing the team generation and building championship power at once.
The media said, “It is natural to give the highest score to those who participated in building the great Napoli in the stout area, such as Luciano Spalletti and Cristiano Giuntoli,” and gave them the highest rating of 9.5.