Dragovic, an ex-Leicester player, claims that the drinking culture is a “cultural shock” and that training was “like the first day after vacation.”


Dragovic, an ex-Leicester player, claims that the drinking culture is a “cultural shock” and that training was “like the first day after vacation.”

ALeksandar Dragovic, a former Leicester ace, has expressed his surprise at the King Power Stadium’s drinking culture.

And the 96-cap Austrian told how Jamie Vardy terrorized a big city while dressed up as the Duracell Bunny, comparing the ex-England player to the Duracell Bunny.

Dragovic, 30, was on loan to the Foxes from Bayer Leverkusen during the 2017-18 season.

Claude Puel’s side finished ninth in the Premier League after he made 16 appearances.

The center defender joined Red Star Belgrade this summer after a five-year stint with German giants Bayer.

According to Dragovic, who spoke to the German website Spox.com, “Everything is much more laid-back in English football than it is in Germany. There’s a significant difference.

“German players are handled as if they are soldiers, and they are not allowed to smile during training.

“However, training at Leicester was always like the first day back from vacation.

“We’d make jokes and laugh about it. It was pure enjoyment, but once the game began, we were completely concentrated.

“Jamie Vardy was the funniest of the bunch. He was like the Duracell Bunny, always going full throttle.

“It was a pleasure to spend a year with him because he can’t sit still or be tranquil.”

Dragovic recalls a three-day celebration in Sweden when the stars dressed up for the occasion.

He stated, ” “The players travelled to Stockholm for three days without the manager before our cup match against Chelsea.

“The club arranged everything, and they even sent a number of security guards to accompany us.

“After that, we had a three-day party. We once went on a fancy dress spree through the city.

“Jamie continued scaring the locals by rushing into shops dressed in his costume.

“Only a day and a half after returning, we played Chelsea and lost in extra time. In Germany, something like this would be unimaginable.

“People in Leicester even suggested that we go out for drinks together. The players were frequently found in the tavern.

“Of course, we didn’t drink so much that we couldn’t walk – but a couple drinks was no problem for us.

“Following my time in Germany, this was a culture shock for me. I wondered if this was anything specific to Leicester or something that happened all around England.


I then questioned Sebastian Prodl and Marko Arnautovic, two of my national teammates, about their experiences at Watford and West Ham, and they told me similar stories.

“Some fans would approach us at the pub and want to talk to us or even buy us rounds. It was never a difficult situation.

“I felt better in England than in Germany because of this independence. Every gamer, in my opinion, should be allowed… Brinkwire News in a Nutshell


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