“I played in Serie A for 12 years.”
Napoli center back Joao Jejus (31) promised to play in the second leg of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League (UCL). He was confident that the absence of the starting center back Kim Min-jae (27) would not be a problem.
Napoli will face AC Milan in the 2022-23 season UCL quarterfinal second leg at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples, Italy on the 19th (Korean time). Napoli, who lost 0-1 in the first leg, must win the second leg to advance to the semi-final stage.
Napoli, which is at a disadvantage after losing the first game, cannot send center back Kim Min-jae and midfielder Andre Frank Jambo Anguisa to the second game. Kim Min-jae is absent due to accumulated warnings and Angusa’s direct exit from the first game.
Kim Min-jae’s vacancy is expected to be filled by Jeju. According to Arena Napoli, an Italian media outlet on the 18th, Jejus said, “Milan has strong offense, and Rafael Leang, Olivier Giroud, and Braim Dias are performing well.” We have to protect it,” he stressed.
He refuted Kim Min-jae’s ‘replacement’. He was also confident of his performance. Jejus said, “Kim Min-jae is a great player, but he played several more difficult matches than this one while I also played in Serie A for 12 years. I don’t think I’m worse than that. I know my qualities and I will do everything to win.” 스포츠토토
Jejus, who started his professional career at Inter Milan in 2010, has been active in Italy all along. He went through AS Roma and wore the Napoli jersey in 2021. Jejus said, “Milan was the first city I visited in Europe, and I grew up while spending five years there. In Rome, a son was born, and they have a special bond. At Napoli, I am having the most important moment of my career. These cities are my hometown,” he said, bringing up a story related to his opponent, Milan.
Jejus has played in 10 league games this season. UCL played 2 matches and played 114 minutes. Napoli’s fate could change depending on how well he performs in the second leg with a ticket to the semifinals.