There are no surprises. Kim Min-jae has no time to rest at Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich head coach Thomas Tuchel spoke at a press conference on Tuesday about his defensive lineup against Mainz 05. The Bavarians will host Mainz in the eighth round of the 2023-2024 German Bundesliga on June 22.
Ahead of the match, Tuchel said, “I plan to play Kim Min-Jae and Matthias Düricht at center back. Düricht has been training at 100% again. He’s ready to go against Mainz.”
It’s not a surprise. Bayern Munich currently only have two center backs. Dayo Upamecano was sidelined with a hamstring injury against Freiburg before the international break. He will reportedly need at least two weeks to recover. That leaves Kim Min-jae and Diricht as the only available options. 안전놀이터
Diricht returned to training ahead of the A-League break after missing recent matches due to a muscle injury. He has made good progress and will look to make his return against Mainz.
It’s a big opportunity for Dürrich. Tuchel has unexpectedly gone with an upfront pairing of Kim Min-jae and Upamecano since the start of the season. Prior to the start of the season, it was widely expected that Diricht would go with Kim Min-jae, but Tuchel opted for Upamecano as his partner. With Upamecano out injured, Diricht will have to be competitive to regain his place in the starting lineup.
Kim’s fitness will be key. Kim has started all seven Bundesliga games and two UEFA Champions League matches this season. After a strong start to the season, Kim traveled to South Korea for the October A match. He started against Tunisia and Vietnam. It’s a physically demanding schedule.
Kim Min-jae is constantly on the go with his club and national teams. He has to be as careful as possible to avoid injuries.
On the other hand, the match between Bayern Munich and Mainz will also feature two Korean players. Bayern Munich”s Kim Min-jae and Mainz”s Lee Jae-sung. The two players, who were teammates in the national team not long ago, will face each other as enemies in the center of Germany.