Dragovic says Leicester stars had three-day party just hours before Chelsea loss

Former Leicester City defender Aleksandar Dragovic claims some members of the Foxes squad had finished up a three-day party just hours before a cup defeat to Chelsea.

The Austria international made 16 appearances for the club on loan from Bayer Leverkusen during the 2017/18 season, as the Foxes finished ninth under Claude Puel.

However, Dragovic was left shocked by the drinking culture at the King Power Stadium and recalls one trip to Sweden before an FA Cup tie against Chelsea.

He claims some of the players flew to the capital of Stockholm for three days without the manager before they were knocked out in the quarter-finals.

Speaking to German website Spox.com, Dragovic said: "Everything in English football is far more relaxed than in Germany. There's a huge difference.

"German players are treated like soldiers, and you can't even smile in training. But at Leicester training was always like the first day back from holiday.

"We'd laugh and joke about. It was pure fun, but the moment the game kicked off we'd be 100 per cent focused.

"Jamie Vardy was the biggest joker. The guy was like the Duracell Bunny, always full on. He can't sit still or be calm, and it was a pleasure to spend a year with him."

As for events in Stockholm, Dragovic went on to recall the trip and admitted that the club would even encourage the players to go out together.

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"Before our cup game against Chelsea the players flew to Stockholm for three days, without the manager," he continued.

"It was all arranged with the club, and they even sent a couple of security staff with us. Then we partied for three days long.

"One time we rampaged through the city in fancy dress. Jamie kept bursting into shops dressed in his costume, and scaring the local people.

"We played Chelsea just a day and a half after returning, and only lost after extra time. Something like this would be unthinkable in Germany.

"The people at Leicester would even tell us to go out for drinks together. The players were often in the pub.

"Of course we didn't drink so much we could no longer walk – but it was no problem for us to have a few beers.

"This was a culture shock for me after my time in Germany. I wondered whether this was something unique to Leicester, or common throughout England."

Dragovic, who moved to Serbian side Red Star Belgrade in the summer, also revealed that he has heard similar tales from his international teammates that have also played in England.

"I then asked my national teammates Sebastian Prodl and Marko Arnautovic what life was like at Watford and West Ham, and they told me similar stories," he explained.

"When we met fans in the pub, some would want to talk with us or even buy us rounds. It was never stressful.

"With this freedom I felt better in England than in Germany. I think every player should be allowed to decide what he needs.


"If someone wants a beer or a pizza, he should have them. As long as they don't affect his performance, I don't see any problem."

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