2 Center Backs Wiped Out Only Dier, who was Released by Tottenham Remains
Germany’s ‘Kicker’ said on the 16th (Korean time), “Matthais de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano are nowhere to be seen at the Munich training camp.
Munich has set up a training camp in Quinta do Lago, Portugal, and De Ligt and Upamecano are nowhere to be seen in training.
It wasn’t visible,” the report said. He continued, “The specific reason is unknown.
The only center back who participated in training that day was Dier. Dier trained with the calf tape removed.”
The fact that De Ligt and Upamecano were excluded from training is very damaging for Munich.
This is because Kim Min-jae, who steadfastly took charge of the team’s defense whenever De Ligt and Upamecano suffered injuries alternately this season, is currently absent. 카지노사이트랭크
Kim Min-jae was called by coach Jurgen Klinsmann and is playing in the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup with the Korean national soccer team.
Assuming that Korea rises to the top of the Asian Cup tournament, Kim Min-jae is expected to be able to join the team only in mid-February.
In the meantime, the players who had to fill Kim Min-jae’s void were De Ligt and Upamecano.
There is no doubt about the skills of both players. First of all, De Ligt is a world-class player
boasting a value of 65 million euros (approximately 94.6 billion won) and ranking 6th in value among center backs in the world. De Ligt
who has received attention from all over Europe since his time at Ajax, performed well at Juventus and then moved to Munich ahead of the 2022-23 season.
At the time, Munich invested 67 million euros (about 97.5 billion won) to bring in De Ligt. De Ligt became the core of Munich’s defense as soon as he arrived.
In the second half of last season, when Upamecano was extremely poor and Manuel Neuer was unable to play due to a fracture
it was De Ligt who took charge of Munich’s defense. De Ligt looked like he would play as a center back partner until Kim Min-jae was brought in.
However, coach Thomas Tuchel’s choices were Upamecano and Kim Min-jae. It has often been heard that coach Tuchel does not prefer De Ligt in the center back position.
Germany’s TZ said in September, “De Ligt does not want to remain as the third-choice centre-back. He knows that coach Tuchel expects more from him. Tuchel said that currently
De Ligt has a lot of lateral passes and is good at vertical passes. “I don’t really like the style of play with few passes.
In training, Kim Min-jae and Upamecano are ahead of De Ligt,” it was reported.
Regardless of coach Tuchel’s preference, De Ligt has been hampered by injuries. Last September, he suffered a medial ligament injury to his knee.
De Ligt’s initial diagnosis of injury was not serious, but he did not return to team training until mid-November.
Munich and coach Tuchel waited as long as possible for De Ligt to fully recover, but it appears he was injured again.
If De Ligt cannot play, Upamecano must participate in the game, but Upamecano’s condition also does not seem to be good.
Upamecano is also a world-class center back in terms of ability. With a ransom of 60 million euros (approximately 87.3 billion won)
he ranks 8th among center backs in the world. He has the same ransom as Kim Min-jae. Upamecano
who became the best center back in the German Bundesliga with his incredible skills from RB Leipzig, transferred to Munich ahead of the 2021-22 season.
As soon as he moved to Munich, Upamecano took over the starting position. His style of defense is based on his outstanding speed and outstanding athletic ability.
However, he performed extremely poorly at the end of last season and looked like he would be pushed out of his starting position
but coach Tuchel is showing strong confidence in Upamecano. When Upamecano was not injured, he always walked the field as Kim Min-jae’s partner.
With all the players who would have shown their best skills if they could play the game missing from training
Munich is now left with only Dier as a professional center back. Munich officially announced on the club’s website on the 12th,
We have signed a loan contract with Tottenham’s Dier with a one-year extension option until June 30, 2024. He will wear a uniform with number 15.” .
Dier, who was on the release list from Tottenham, was excited when he moved to Munich, the world’s best club. He said:
This move is a dream come true for me because when I was young I wanted to play for a team like Munich one day.
Munich is one of the biggest clubs in the world and has an amazing history. I will help the team with my defensive versatility.
I want to be there. I’m really looking forward to my new teammates and the fans at Allianz Arena, one of the best stadiums in the world.”
Coach Tuchel wanted Dier directly. He announced immediately after signing that he would use him as a center back. He said: “Dier is a centre-back specialist.
He can stand on the right or left, and he can also play in a back three, so we signed him for the centre-back position.
He also played as a number 6 in the Premier League a few years ago, which led to Leon Goretzka. “He will establish himself as a midfielder,” he said, expressing his opinion that he highly values Dyer as a center back.
What I’m worried about is Dier’s performance. In the 2022-23 season, Dyer was cited as the main culprit in ruining Tottenham’s defense.
It was because of Dier’s poor performance that he completely lost his place in the competition for the starting role after coach Enze Postecoglou took office.
His slow feet and sub-par man-marking ability were one of the reasons why Dier left Tottenham.