‘Blue Iron Pillar’ Kim Min-jae (27, SSC Napoli) had another card emergency.
Kim Min-jae will go on an expedition to Juventus in the 메이저놀이터 2022-2023 Serie A Round 31 to be held at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy at 3:45 am on the 24th (Korean time).
Given that Kim Min-jae is a key defender in Napoli, led by coach Luciano Spalletti, it is likely that he will participate in this game. Above all, it is Kim Min-jae who took a break in the second leg of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) with AC Milan.
It is a game that will be an important stepping stone for Napoli to solidify their championship. Napoli, which is accumulating 75 points (24 wins, 3 draws, 3 losses), has a 14-point gap with second place Lazio (61 points) with 8 games left including this game. It means that even 3 wins and 2 can win on their own.
However, after the Juventus match, the remaining 7 games can be relatively easy. They face Salernitana (15th), Udinese (12th), Fiorentina (9th), Monza (13th), Inter Milan (5th), Bologna (8th) and Sampdoria (20th). This is because, except for Inter Milan, all of them are mid-level teams.
But Napoli should pay attention to their cards. Above all, Kim Min-jae is again caught in an emergency of card accumulation. Kim Min-jae has been booked 4 times in the league so far. He received one yellow card each against Verona, Atalanta, Inter Milan and Salernitana.
If Kim Min-jae gets a card in the match against Juventus, he will not be able to play in the next match against Salernita. In Serie A, a player who has accumulated five yellow cards is banned from playing the next match. Italian local media are also concerned about this.
If Kim Min-jae is also given a card without winning against Juventus, it will be the worst situation for Napoli. In the current situation, the chances of missing the Scudetto (winning Serie A) are slim. However, it means that if you ride the wrong flow, you can suffer until the end.
Kim Min-jae himself should be careful. Kim Min-jae has already experienced this in the Champions League. He had to miss the second leg of the quarterfinals due to a warning accumulation after receiving a card he did not have to receive in the first leg of the quarterfinals against AC Milan. It is evaluated that this had a significant impact on Napoli’s frustration in advancing to the Champions League semifinals.
It was also pointed out that the biggest problem with Napoli’s elimination from the Champions League was Spalletti’s stingy rotation style. However, Kim Min-jae cannot be free from that responsibility. It means you need to pay more attention. Victor Osimen, the core of the attack, needs attention as he has 4 warnings like Min-jae Kim.
In an interview with Italy’s ‘La Repubblica’ in October of last year, Kim Min-jae said that Juventus is a team he absolutely wants to defeat because “the people of Naples don’t like Juventus.” It is expected that the key will be how Kim Min-jae, who will show a fiercer appearance against Juventus, avoids his cards.