Domenico Tedesco: Schalke Day makes me excited for the season ahead

Sunday was Domenico Tedesco and his fellow coach Peter Perchtold’s first Schalke day. “I’m really impressed by how many fans are here” said the new head coach at his interview on the GAZPROM stage in front of a crowd of thousands of Schalke fans.

Interviews with coaching staff

Peter Perchtold, who has previous knowledge of such events during his time at Stuttgart, Nürnberg and Mainz, was also astounded: “I’ve never seen so many people at an occasion like this at any of my previous clubs.”


Tedesco went on to say that the over-awing support from the fans made him very happy. “I’m simply even more excited for the season ahead”, stated the 31-year-old whose side face BFC Dynamo in the DFB-Pokal in their first game of the season on Monday 14th August. Tedesco believes his team are well prepared for the clash versus the Berlin Cup victors: “We’ve been working well recently and want to continue doing that going forward.”


During pre-season, the head coach has been focusing on several different aspects. “We want to be dangerous in front of goal, to press well, to put our opponents under pressure and play out from the back”, said the new head coach. “Our development is still ongoing and is a steady process. The fact that the lads haven’t lost any of their seven friendlies is a nice statistic but the results are not the most important thing in the eyes of Tedesco. “What’s important is the way in which we play and how we play for long periods of the game”, reported Tedesco.


With his coaching, Tedesco is mostly assisted by Perchtold. “We understood one another straight away”, said the fellow coach who didn’t know Tedesco beforehand. “It’s fun to work with Domenico and the rest of the coaching staff.”Another member of the coaching staff is goalkeeping coach, Simon Henzler. Simon has been with FC Schalke 04 from 2015 but was still shocked - like his other colleagues – at the number of people conglomerated at the VELTINS Arena. “It’s great fun working for Schalke”, Henzler added.


Meanwhile, Tedesco answered questions about his talent for languages. “I can speak German, English, Italian, Spanish and French” said Tedesco. “I don’t know Japanese yet. Maybe Uchida can help me with that!” added Tedesco with a wink. “German is still the language we train in and all the players need to be able to understand and communicate with each other in German.”

Schalke Day

Under the blue and white skies surrounding the VELTINS Arena, captain Benedikt Höwedes and his teammates showed during Schalke Day that they weren’t only talented with a ball at their feet.


New signings Amine Harit, Pablo Insua and Bastian Oczipka took out the time to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Leon Goretzka, a member of the winning Confederations Cup side in Russia, was awarded with a player of the season award by the Schalke Fan Association.


The highlight of Schalke Day was when the whole squad stepped out onto the VELTINS Arena turf and had a training session on the pitch in front of several thousand fans.