Jonjoe Kenny: I relish moments like this

The Royal Blues had to make do without Jonjoe Kenny for three matches, before the right-back made his comeback against Mainz 05 last weekend. In an interview with, Kenny talks about his return to the pitch, the special support from the fans and upcoming opponents RB Leipzig.

Jonjoe Kenny

Jonjoe, you made your comeback from injury against Mainz. How did that feel?
I was very happy to be back on the pitch. I felt fit; it felt good to be back out there. It felt like a longer absence than it actually was. I worked hard in order to be back as soon as possible.

What was it like only being able to watch the last few games from the stands?
It was tough, as you can’t do much from the stands. But, you can see a lot of the game and how it plays out. I think it was good for me to see exactly how we want to play and it gives me more ideas to bring to the pitch when I’m playing, especially in terms of moving it up the pitch.

Many fans were eagerly waiting for you to make your comeback. What makes you so popular amongst the fans?
I really appreciate the fans, their level of support for both the team and me personally is really fantastic. I feel really at home here, both on and off the pitch. I try to give a 100 per cent every game, to fight until the end and try to help our team win every game we play. I think that’s something that helps me with the fans.

I really appreciate the fans, their level of support for both the team and myself is really fantastic.

Jonjoe Kenny

You made an important block against Mainz in the 78th minute. How did it feel?
For a defender it’s like scoring a goal. Putting your body on the line to prevent a goal is part and parcel of being a defender. We’ve now drawn three matches in a row.

What needs to happen for us to start winning again?
We create a good few chances in every game, but we need to finish them. That isn’t all the strikers’ responsibility, but the whole team can support our offensive efforts. Leipzig is next on the agenda.

Do you think we’re better suited to playing against them and their playing style than against Berlin, Paderborn and Mainz?
The first thing you need to understand is that Leipzig are a very, very good team. They have had a fantastic season so far. Maybe our playing style is better suited to playing them. Both teams will battle it out and it will come down to who wants to play football more. To get an away win we will need to put in maximum effort, which is what you need to do whenever you play a team like Leipzig.


Share page

You may also be interested in


Benjamin Stambouli: It was a magical moment!

After almost eleven months without an appearance in the Bundesliga, Benjamin Stambouli could make his return to competitive action on Friday (18/9). The Frenchman discusses an unusual weekend in the DFB-Pokal, starting the season in Munich and a fan chant in an interview with


Nabil Bentaleb: An open and honest discussion with the coach

After six months at Newcastle United, Nabil Bentaleb returned to Gelsenkirchen a few weeks ago. The midfielder has made a good impression during the pre-season friendlies and training sessions so far. In an interview with, the Algeria international spoke about a fresh start with the Royal Blues, an honest discussion with David Wagner and his goals for the upcoming weeks and months.


Nick Taitague: The club have shown that they believe in me

With the number 29 on his back, Nick Taitague has been a member of the first-team squad since the beginning of pre-season. The USA youth international spoke to about his first few years in Germany and the jump from the youth team to first-team level. He also explains how to pronounce his surname…


Malick Thiaw: Making the most of every training session

5th July 2020 was a special day in the life of Malick Thiaw – it was the day that the academy graduate signed his first professional contract that will keep him at Schalke until 30th July 2024. In an interview with, the 19-year-old discusses his hopes, aims, and his versatility on the pitch.