Frederik Rönnow: Need a result in order to build up our confidence
Frederik Rönnow unexpectedly made his Schalke debut during Saturday’s 4-0 defeat in Leipzig. After Ralf Fährmann was forced to come off with adductor issues at half time, Rönnow replaced him for the second half.
The 28-year-old Dane had plenty to do against an attacking-minded Leipzig side. Rönnow did well to parry shots from Dani Olmo (63’) and a free kick from Christopher Nkunku (66’). Marcel Halstenberg was able to beat Rönnow from the spot in the 80th minute, with Rönnow managing to get his fingertips on the ball but unable to prevent it from going in.
Praise from head coach Baum
“Frederik did very well during the second half, and made some good saves,” said head coach Manuel Baum during the post-match press conference. Rönnow also spoke to the media following the game, and offered his comments on the match. “It was a difficult game, since Leipzig have a very good team,” he said. Up until conceding the first goal, the Royal Blues looked compact and solid on defence.
After going 1-0 up, it was Leipzig who began to control more of the match as they went on to add to two more to their lead. “It’s obvious that we need a result in order to build our confidence again,” said Rönnow, as he echoed Baum’s words.
Hard work is the only way to get out of a situation like this.
Rönnow is convinced that the team have a lot of quality within their ranks. “We need to work hard in order to turn things around,” he said, with an eye on the coming days and weeks. Thanks to the international break, the Royal Blues will now have two weeks to prepare for their next league match against Union Berlin. “Despite the rocky start, I’m staying optimistic,” said Rönnow. “Hard work is the only way to get out of a situation like this.”