Thursday, 15 Nov 2018

Leicester City will go after Burnley after a couple of weeks traumatic

Claude Puel will rely on pure emotion and will eliminate all complex projects for his Leicester players on Saturday.

The Foxes are gearing up for their first home game since the death of President Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash.

Five victims were killed in the accident outside King Power Stadium two weeks ago. A tribute will be made to this afternoon's game against Burnley.

Leicester aims to record a second consecutive victory since the fall after beating Cardiff 1-0 when Kasper Schmeichel admitted: "There was not really any need for game plans or tactics."

The Puel team has since come to Thailand to pay tribute to the funeral of its owner with little time to train.

A view of the tributes relocated to the former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

They only performed light sessions in the last three days after returning to England on Tuesday after a 20,000-kilometer whistle return.

And Puel does not know what he'll say in the locker room after all that happened. The Frenchman, who handled the crisis with dignity, said: "I can not prepare anything in this situation.

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Helicopter accident of Leicester City

"It was the same against Cardiff. I just try to talk with my heart and keep them focused on their play, on their concentration and on respect for all the emotion.

"My speech, my meeting, I do not know, it's a special moment. It's just to understand people, to understand my players and to respect them. So, I do not know, we'll see. After the victory in Cardiff last Saturday, a group of 18 staff, officials and stars flew to Bangkok where they mourned alongside Srivaddhanaprabha's son Top.

The trip was 14 hours in each direction via Dubai and the Leicester group only came to Thailand for less than 36 hours.

"For Khun Vichai" said the Leicester players in the victory in Cardiff

Puel added: "It was difficult and a difficult way to prepare for a game. It will not be a fantastic preparation.

"We have to adapt since the incident, but our priority is to give the best of ourselves to Vichai's family and the club.

"Then we have to manage a special week and fatigue. It was a little time to recover and no time for workouts and other things.

"The trip obviously also included jet lag and fatigue and we did not know when it would be possible to sleep or eat the right time."

Players and staff of Leicester City in Bangkok

Leicester's win in Wales resulted in memorable scenes at the final whistle in broad support. Puel, responsible for King Power for a little over a year, has not always been a popular choice among Fox fans.

But widespread respect for his administration of the club in these difficult times saw fans cheering and singing his name in Cardiff.

He said, "We had a fantastic connection, a communion. All the support, all their songs mean a lot for the players, the staff, me, for the club.

"We shared a lot of emotions after the match. It was a fantastic feeling, a lot of strength and energy for the whole club to continue in this way. "

Leicester must erect a statue of Srivaddhanaprabha outside his stadium.

Top, writing in today's program, said, "We will never be able to repay what he has done for us – for me, as his son, for us, as a family, all those who are connected to Leicester City and beyond. "

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