Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Kasper Schmeichel proud to be part of Leicester 'family'

Kasper Schmeichel proud to be part of Leicester 'family'

"We played like professionals and it was important for the referee to be professional too", he said.

Gray looked to the heavens and all of Leicester's players, including goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, raced to the corner of the ground where their fans were celebrating.

The Leicester fans sang Vichai's name for the rest of the afternoon and, at the final whistle, the visiting players came together to embrace. "The feeling he has instilled in everybody in being welcome, no matter your position at the club, the playing staff, stadium staff, everyone is equal".

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, nicknamed "Top", Vichai's youngest child and King Power's chief executive officer, said last week that he has "received a very big mission and legacy" from his father.

"It was a hard game to play and to prepare, it was important to keep concentration in set pieces and second balls, but I think from the first minute until the end we kept our concentration and our dedication", he told Sky Sports.

After the match, 13 were selected for the trip, including the manager, Claude Puel, Ndidi, Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki, on a chartered flight to Bangkok.

"It's been a odd week, surreal really, and I'm glad it's out of the way if I'm honest", Warnock said.

"There was no real need for gameplans or tactics", he said.

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"Whether it's triggered things up I don't know. The impact he's had on my family has been fantastic and I'm proud to be part of his family".

Leicester's Puel, who had told all of his players they did not have to play if they were not emotionally ready, was one who understood the decision. He said the players must contain their emotions again for their home match against Burnley next weekend.

In Thailand, Kiattisak Senamuang, a former Thai national soccer team coach and player, said: "It's a very hard time for his family and I'm here to show support".

"It will be tough but we made our first step today, and now we have to manage the next week in the right way".

Outside the temple on Saturday, Kiatisuk "Zico" Senamuang, a former Thai national soccer player and coach who was also at the Leicester match, told reporters that worldwide soccer world had lost an important patron.

The decisive moment came 10 minutes into the second half when winger Demarai Gray steered home a neat volley with his left foot beyond Etheridge after a precise low cross from Ben Chilwell.

Leicester then gathered in a huddle for Schmeichel's team talk and, whatever emotive words he used, they worked as Demarai Gray scored the only goal with a low finish in the 55th minute. "In every single game from now on, Vichai will be in our minds".

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