In the first match between Kim Min-jae (26, Naples) and Romelu Lukaku (29, Inter Milan), Kim Min-jae won by a landslide.

Napoli and Inter Milan played round 16 of Italian Serie A in the 2022-23 season at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan, Italy on the morning of the 5th (Korean time). The result was a 0-1 defeat of Napoli. Napoli went undefeated in 15 games (13 wins, 2 draws) after the opening, but lost for the first time in the 16th game.

Kim Min-jae was in charge of Napoli’s central defense along with Amir Rahmani. Inter Milan have put Lukaku and Edin Dzeko as their frontline strikers. Kim Min-jae marked Lukaku, and Rahmani marked Jeko in charge of the battle.

Regardless of the outcome of the game, Kim Min-jae and Lukaku’s power struggle won by decision. When Lukaku catches the ball, there are several scenes where Kim Min-jae follows and steals the ball. There were many scenes where he blocked the pass to Lukaku in advance.

Eventually, Lukaku was substituted in the 20th minute of the second half. The 191 cm 103 kg giant Lukaku recorded only one shot over the goal in the early part of the first half and left the ground with a dark expression. Lautaro Martinez came in to replace Lukaku. 메이저놀이터

Even Lautaro could not penetrate Kim Min-jae. Lautaro touched the ball 12 times while running for 25 minutes, but failed to hit a single shot. Even in the aerial competition, everything was taken away. Inter Milan’s goal was scored by Dzeko, not Lukaku or Lautaro. The goal was scored while Rahmani briefly missed Dzeko.

Of the 88 passes Kim Min-jae attempted that day, 79 were correctly connected. Pass success rate is 90%. In particular, the number of passes recorded in the attacking camp was 13, and long passes were 9. Kim Min-jae cut off the opponent’s attack and became the starting point for Napoli’s attack.

Kim Min-jae previously faced AC Milan in September against world-class striker Olivier Giroud. This time, he faced Lukaku, Zeko, and Lautaro at the same time. On the 14th, we will meet Italian powerhouse Juventus. Attention is focusing on what kind of performance Kim Min-jae will show when meeting with Juventus striker Federico Chiesa and Arcadius Milik.