Bayern Munich center back Matthijs de Ligt could play as a defensive midfielder, according to reports.
According to Bayern Straße, a local Bavarian publication, “Thomas Tuchel could play Mathias de Ligt as a defensive midfielder” on Wednesday.
There are two reasons for this. First, the center back duo of Kim Min-Jae and Dayot Upamecano is solid.
The outlet added: “De Ligt has a calf injury. Tuchel started the season with the center-back combination of Upamecano and Kim Min-jae. Bayern Munich are off to a good start. The most impressive part has been the improvement of the defense. The Bavarians have only conceded two goals in three Bundesliga games.
In other words, Bayern Munich has no reason to shake up their center back duo right now. The second is Bayern Munich’s lack of midfield depth.
The outlet notes that “De Ligt could be used as a center back, but Tuchel could also play him as a defensive midfielder. Bayern Munich have not been able to strengthen their midfield with the likes of Falcinha. They lack the numbers in midfield.
De Ligt is not done yet, as he told local media: ‘All three of us are monsters. Kim Min-jae was the best defender in Serie A and Upamecano is a regular for the French national team. I played almost every game last season and had a good year with the Dutch national team. It’s very competitive, it’s great.
Ultimately, the reason behind De Licht’s move to the defensive midfield position is Kim Min-jae. Since his move to Bayern Munich, he has quickly earned a starting spot and has lived up to expectations.
Thomas Tuchel has already said that he has “the potential to be a real leader”.
‘We have very good center back options in Mathis de Ligt, Dayot Upamecano and Kim Min-jae,’ he said on March 23, ‘and he plays at a very high level. Kim Min-jae has the potential to be a real leader and has what it takes to be a dominant player’.
The most impressive part is the mention of Kim’s “dominance of the game”. He emphasizes that he has all the qualities of a large center back, including strong aerial combat, good speed, and the ability to fight for possession, as well as the ability to make build-up passes and read the game 안전놀이터.
Until last season, the heart of Bayern Munich’s defense was De Ligt. A world-class defender. He was Bayern Munich’s most solid defensive wall and the leader of the defense.
That’s why, before the season, local German media considered Kim Min-Jae to be the starting center back alongside De Ligt. Upamecano was the backup. However, with De Ligt not fully fit due to a calf injury, Kim and Upamecano have been the starting center back duo.