Dragovic Relishing Debut Opportunity
Aleksandar Dragovic has said he'll be more than ready to go when called upon by Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare and he was hopeful it'll be tonight against Liverpool.
Having come in on loan from Bayer Leverkusen late on during the summer window, Dragovic has so far only been an unused substitute but speaking to lcfc.com during the build up to tonight's EFL Cup third round tie, the 26 year old was hoping to experience his home bow as we host Jurgen Klopp's side at the King Power.
'When the coach gives me a chance in the first XI, I will be very happy. I want to give my best for the Club and the team, but this is the decision of the coach. He has a very good squad. I will always give my best in training and when he decides to put me in the first XI, I will give my best.'
With a couple of weeks under his belt now since joining, but having the distraction of international duty with Austria, he's enjoyed his time in training since reporting for the first time ahead of the Chelsea game.
'I was with the international team and I played two games there. For my fitness, I played 90 minutes in two games. It was very tough to play in Wales. With the fitness I`m good, only I might just need a little more training in the gym. It will come. I will take my time and not pressure myself, so I only want to play football - that is what I had in my head. I was in the stadium against Chelsea and it was a very good atmosphere. I hope I can enjoy that in the future.'
He went on to say about tonight's clash.
'In every game, you must go in it to make a good result. It doesn`t matter which team, whatever their name, you can beat every team in the world. Nobody is perfect, so we must go into every game wanting to win.'
He also thanked his new colleagues for making him feel so welcome at the club since he arrived.
'I`m happy to be here in England and Leicester. I`m happy to learn from my team-mates and the squad the England mentality. I want to learn more and I want to help the team. I must say that my team-mates have helped me a lot and I can only say thank you to them. They`ve helped me a lot on the pitch and off it.'
With plenty of experience in the game in other countries and a total of ten trophies lifted during his career, he went on to say.
'I`ve played a lot of games across Europe but I also know that the English game can be quite physical. I saw Wes Morgan and the other players and they are machines! I must also work a lot in the gym, but I will give my best to help the team. Every country has some differences. In Spain, it`s very technical but here it`s physical. In Germany it`s tactical also, so it`s good to learn. I won titles with Basel, but they`re like Bayern Munich from Germany. There are big clubs in England and I know for Leicester to win the championship again is very difficult, but you never know.'
'We must only think game by game and give our best, then in the end, we`ll see what we make. We have a lot of good players - Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani, Jamie Vardy - I can say everybody. We have a very good squad and we must be like friends on the pitch and be together. That is the most important thing if we want to win.'
Being in the Austrian national side, former skipper Christian Fuchs has obviously been a go to guy.
'I`m very happy he is here because he helps me a lot. I can speak to him in my language also - German - because it`s a little bit easier. I know him from the national team and he`s a very good left defender. I hope he comes back to the national team! I`m happy to be here with him and to spend time on the pitch and off it. I`ll watch him on his Snapchat and Instagram at home. He`s a funny guy, but I`m quieter.'