Schmeichel proud to be part of the Leicester 'family'

Arnold Nichols
November 5, 2018

Leicester City players hold a banner in memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The occasion was charged with emotion following the death of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash immediately after the club's match last Saturday.

Numerous squad, including Vardy, Morgan, and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, have spoken of the huge impact the Thai billionaire had on them and the club.

"I was on the pitch and I waved him off", Schmeichel said after the Foxes had returned to action following the tragedy with a 1-0 victory at Cardiff on Saturday. "It was something that will stay with me, unfortunately, but the club has been great and given us all the support we needed".

Numerous players were scene wearing club scarves as they celebrated the win while supporters had banners and messages of their own in tribute to the owner.

Leicester City manager Claude Puel led his soccer team's players as they arrived Sunday at a Bangkok temple to pay their respects to the club's late founder.

And the Denmark worldwide was in tears as Leicester's players and staff locked arms in the centre circle during a poignant minute's silence before kick-off.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Schmeichel, who was seen crying during an impeccably-observed minute's silence before kick-off, admitted that it had been a tough match for everyone on the team.

But Leicester manager Puel said: "We played like professionals and it was important for the referee to be professional too".

This club was in a precarious situation and to build what he has built is quite unbelievable.

After the final whistle, the Leicester players and backroom team stood and applauded with their fans long after the game had ended.

Added goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel: "That was a tough game, not just on the pitch, but mentally".

The Foxes, whose fixture at Cardiff was in doubt following the incident, fittingly marked the occasion with victory as Demarai Gray's victor sparked an outpouring of emotion. "It is a good balance between emotion and concentration which is hard, now is just the first step and I hope we can continue next week with the same feeling", he said. "We talked about how proud we are of being here, of being part of what he has built". "I really can't understand the kind of mentality that brings me more white hair!"

"It doesn't matter who you are or what kind of position you have at the club. But training's not been the same and we had to have a word with them that we've got to play the game". "Afterwards we will not be the same men and I think together we have to move on, to manage this emotion, and to keep the right way".

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