Tuchel falls in love with Kim Min-jae: “He has the potential to be a real leader”

August 18, 2023 | by

Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel has fallen in love with “monster defender” Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich).

“He plays at a very high level of football,” Tuchel told the German Bundesliga’s official website on Sunday (local time) when asked about the center back, adding, “He has the qualities to be a real leader. He speaks a new German sentence every day. I think he can have a big impact on the team,” he said.

Tuchel and Kim exuded positive energy from their first meeting. When he first joined Bayern Munich, Tuchel welcomed him with a hug and was full of praise. “It shows how serious he is,” he said, nodding in approval at the fact that he traveled to Germany to join his teammates rather than going straight to Japan for a pre-season tour.

This time was no different, and when asked about Kim Min-jae, he reiterated that “I love him” and added, “I love everything about him: his expression, his mindset, his game. He’s calm and honest. I’ve played with two Korean players (Park Joo-ho and Koo Ja-cheol) and they are very similar in their sincerity and humility. I have a good impression of them.” 스포츠토토

Tuchel has worked with Park in the past at Mainz and Dortmund, as well as with Koo during his time at Mainz.


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