SSC Napoli, where Kim Min-jae (27) played an iron-clad defense, defeated Juventus and moved one step closer to winning the league title for the first time in 33 years.
Napoli 메이저놀이터defeated Juventus 1-0 in the 31st round of Italian Serie A in the 2022-23 season held at the Allianz Arena in Turin, Italy on the 24th (Korean time). Napoli took the lead with 25 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses (78 points). Lazio (18 wins, 7 draws, 6 losses, 61 points), who lost in this round, opened up a gap of 17 points.
Napoli can confirm the championship with 83 points by adding only 5 points from the remaining 7 games this season. This is because even if Lazio wins all the remaining 7 games, it will stop at 82 points. Napoli could secure the title next weekend at the earliest. If Napoli wins the home game against Salernitana on the 29th and Lazio loses to Inter Milan on the 30th, it is impossible for Lazio to turn over from 20 points behind. In that case, Napoli will win the league title for the first time in 33 years since the 1989-90 season when Diego Maradona played. Juventus are in third place with 59 points.
Kim Min-jae, who had to watch the elimination due to a cumulative warning in the second leg of the European Champions League quarterfinal against AC Milan on the 19th, returned as a starter that day. In the 16th minute of the first half, when there was no good place to pass, he dribbled about 60m from his own penalty box and went out. In the 44th minute of the second half, he kicked the ball with his head in the process of blocking Juventus Angel Di Maria, followed by a tackle. Kim Min-jae roared as he clenched his fists.
Juventus Di Maria shook the net in the 38th minute of the second half, but the goal was canceled as a foul was declared in another scene prior to the video reading (VAR). In the 3rd minute of added time in the second half, Elif Elmas hit the ball from the right flank, and Giacomo Raspadori connected it with a non-stop volley with his left foot to score a dramatic winning goal. Napoli, which recently slumped with 1 draw and 2 losses, including the Champions League, won in 4 games.
Kim Min-jae recorded 3 clearings, 2 interceptions, 1 tackle, and 87 passes that day. Whoscored.com, a statistics company, gave Kim Min-jae a rating of 7.1, the fifth highest among Naples selections.
On the other hand, the British media Independent said on the 24th, “Manchester City of England joined the fight to recruit Kim Min-jae, which Tottenham is aiming for. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is a fan of Kim Min-jae, who played for Fenerchava.” Previously, there was a local report that Liverpool and Manchester United also wanted Kim Min-jae.