Sebastian Prodl has been speaking to Bild about his time at Watford and how it differs from the experiences he had in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen.
It sounds like, whilst the Austrian enjoyed playing in the Bundesliga, he grew a little tired of abuse sent from the stands towards players.
Explaining what’s different and better in the Premier League, Prodl told the German newspaper: “The pace is higher and the duels are much harder. But I grew up and have broad shoulders.
“The fan scene is also much more positive here than in Germany. Such a club love as Watford, I have otherwise experienced only in Bremen. Even in times of crisis, we players are rarely insulted by the fans. That’s a big difference to the Bundesliga, where you sometimes have to take a lot.”
Prodl spent seven years with Werder Bremen before his move to Watford in 2015 and has a big attachment to the German club.
Asked how much of his heart remains in Bremen, the Watford player answered: “I miss Bremen. Only recently I spontaneously visited for two days with my girlfriend. It’s my second home.
“I played for Werder for seven years and I am rooted here. I am a close friend of Clemens Fritz, Theo Gebre Selassie, Zlatko Junuzovic and also Aron Hunt. Two years after my departure, the bond is still very big. I’ll stay a Werder fan and, if possible, also like watching the games.”
Werder Bremen are 12th in the Bundesliga, and just like Watford still have an outside chance of relegation. Prodl will be hoping for the best for both clubs.