Bayern Munich star defender Matthias Düricht, who has been pushed aside in favor of Kim Min-jae, 26, this season, has voiced his dissatisfaction with his current situation.
After the match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the fourth round of the 2023-24 German Bundesliga at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Saturday (Aug. 16), the Germany international expressed his dissatisfaction with his playing time.온라인바카라
“What can I say,” Dürricht told reporters in the joint press area, “I haven’t played much in the last four games. It’s terrible. Obviously, I always want to play.”
Diricht only came on as a substitute in the 40th minute of the match. And with Kim Min-jae and Upamecano in central defense, he was playing as a defensive midfielder instead of his usual central defense.
The Dutch international left Juventus for Bayern Munich in a €75 million deal ahead of last season.
In his first year with the club, he made 31 Bundesliga appearances and helped lead the Bavarians to the top of the table.
When Bayern Munich signed Kim Min-jae, the media in Germany and abroad immediately assumed that Diricht would play alongside Kim in the starting central defense, and Diricht was bombarded with questions. “I’ve been communicating with Kim in English, and we’re talking well. We understand each other very well. He’s an amazing, very good defender,” he said.
Contrary to expectations, Tuchel chose Upamecano to partner Kim as opposed to Duricht. Upamecano, who was expected to be relegated to a backup role, started all four Bundesliga matches alongside Kim. Upamecano impressed Tuchel in all of his preseason games. In those four games, he played a total of 38 minutes.
When asked if Tuchel had any explanation as to why Diricht had been bumped to backup, Diricht simply replied, “He hasn’t explained it yet.”
Dürrich is a world-class defender who has all the skills you need to be a defender – tackling, positioning, controlling possession, and the buildup that modern soccer demands. His only weakness is his somewhat slow feet. On the other hand, new signing Kim Min-jae and existing defender Upamecano have the speed of a striker. They are the driving force behind Tuchel’s ability to keep the defense high up the pitch while taking on the threats from behind.
Coincidentally, Derrikht’s dissatisfaction has raised the possibility of Bayern Munich signing a new defender. The Sun reported today that Tuchel will attempt to sign Chelsea defender Trevor Chalobah when the winter transfer window opens in January. Tuchel used Chalobah during his time as Chelsea manager in the 2021-22 season.