Prödl: “I’ve Experienced A Lot In Football”
Sebastian Prödl has been through difficult situations in football before, both personally in terms of injuries and finding himself out of favour but also facing battles at the wrong end of the table with his team.
During the 2014/15 season his Werder Bremen side did not win a Bundesliga game until November 1 but finished the season comfortably in 10th place, and Prödl wants to use this kind of experience to help the Hornets get out of a similar sticky patch.
“I’ve experienced a lot in football, I’ve seen many managers, a lot of clubs and a lot of situations,” said the centre-half. “Especially situations like we are in now, at the bottom of the table, and I have experienced as well how to get out.”
Prödl made his first league start since April 2018 against Sheffield United and knows more work is needed to turn results around for the Hornets, but was pleased to mark his return by helping the team to a first clean sheet since February.
“I’m glad to be back in competition at Watford,” he said. “I’ve suffered a bad couple of months with injury comebacks and being out of favour but I was focused on my goal, that I want to be back for Watford in the Premier League to help the team, especially this very weird and difficult situation, to be back with my experience to help the team out. I am working hard.”
The 32-year-old knows everyone was hoping to take all three points against Sheffield United, and doesn’t shy away from the fact that wins are needed soon. But the defender was impressed with the defensive structure from the Hornets, who restricted the away side to minimal chances.
“I think in terms of defending we did well today,” said Prödl. “In terms of scoring we can improve, but I think we knew this was going to be a difficult game. We have to admit that it’s a disappointing result but on the other hand I think we showed some improvements as well.
“As a group to defend I think we always had six, seven, eight players defending. We had to take a lot of crosses from Sheffield United. I think the commitment and defensive work was key today to get the clean sheet.”
Prödl had to leave the pitch with half an hour to play after feeling a slight injury, but Craig Dawson was able to come on and continue the defender's work for the remainder of the match. Keeping the clean sheet meant a small step forward for Watford, and another point on the board, but Prödl wants to start making bigger strides in the league soon.
“We started today with a little step, it’s not good that we’re starting with little steps but at least we’re starting. It’s not the result we wished before, but it’s a little step forward,” he said.
“We need to look forward, push forward towards getting better results, we need to push for some points. We want to maintain our status as a Premier League club and the sooner we face reality, the better it is to get out and the easier it will become to get out.”