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Schmeichel in tears as Leicester bid farewell to Vichai

Schmeichel in tears as Leicester bid farewell to Vichai

"Coming out for the warm-up was tough, the first 10 minutes I couldn't steady myself, I was shaking a little bit".

Football was a side issue when Leicester returned to action on Saturday but it felt appropriate that Claude Puel's side emerged as 1-0 winners at Cardiff, a week after the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash.

He said: "I am glad we got three points for him".

"My wife is Thai and she tells me that everything that we experienced about him was true exactly as he did in Bangkok". As it was, his players handled themselves with outstanding professionalism, doing the club proud after one of the most challenging weeks in its history.

With Vichai's funeral underway on Saturday in Bangkok, Leicester headed to Cardiff for a match that served as a chance to honour their late owner and begin the healing process. "We did it for him and his family".

Leicester's players and staff linked arms on the center circle to pay tribute during a poignant silence that left Schmeichel in tears.

The scorer was not spared any sentiment however, and was promptly booked for taking his shirt off to reveal a T-shirt that read "For Khun Vichai".

The Leicester fans sang Vichai's name for the rest of a highly charged afternoon and, at the final whistle, the visiting players came together to embrace.

The Reds trail only Manchester City for the best defence in the league but Keown believes that the Liverpool duo can go on to form an all-time partnership should they both stay healthy.

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"I am only 50 percent happy because we wanted to win".

Yet, this is no ordinary season with three unbeaten teams at the top of the table and Manchester City showing no signs of a drop in standard from their record-breaking 100 point campaign last term.

Callum Wilson gave Bournemouth an early lead but United hit back against the run of play with a goal from Anthony Martial, his fifth in five games, in the 35th minute.

Manchester United fought back from one goal down to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium as second-half substitute Marcus Rashford scored the victor in injury time.

Leicester City's Premier League victory on Saturday against Cardiff City was a hugely emotional occasion.

"It will be hard because we come back from Bangkok in the middle of the week for our first home game and we know before and after we have events to honour the chairman and it will be important to keep our self-control".

The final game of the day was arguably the most dramatic as Tottenham Hotspur nearly threw away a three-goal lead against Wolverhampton Wanderers but held on to win 3-2.

Mr Vichai had just watched his beloved team draw 1-1 with West Ham United when the accident happened.


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