Burnley will pay their respects at Leicester, but are going there to win – Gudmundsson

Burnley will pay their respects at Leicester, but are going there to win – Gudmundsson

Fans will march through Leicester to pay tribute to late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

“It shows fans, club, staff and players are united in this moment. We are like a family.”

We will see after the international break if they can come back in the team. Maguire’s is a little more serious than Maddison’s. We will see.

Its been 12 months since the former boss left the club, but the 55-year-old said he was made to feel so welcome when he paid the Leicester staff and players a visit to offer his condolences and support as they continue to grieve their popular chairman.

Former Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare reveals training ground visit to support grieving players

It was a long journey but very important for us, for the players and staff to support Vichai’s family. It was a chance for us also to have togetherness and to honour our chairman. It was a long trip but it was very important for us and our chairman.

“I think most of the family will be here, I don’t know who exactly. They will be here to receive all the support from the fans, the club. It’s important to have all the family together on Saturday and to support and to our honour chairman.”

“In the last game, we formed the right balance between emotions and concentration. I think it’s the most important thing to manage this emotion of the events at our next game and to have the possibility and to give then good response and to honour our chairman. We need to find this balance.

Former Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare returned to the clubs training ground last week to offer his support to players and staff following the death of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

“We cannot make a lot of training sessions but I said it was a good energy. This journey was good for us. All this togetherness, we showed out positive attitude.”

“We didn’t have a lot of training sessions. We did a little session on Wednesday, a light session after the journey. We trained today and there is another light session on Friday.

“It’s not easy to prepare this game. I think our togetherness gives us a good energy and fantastic strength. Our spirit, positive attitude and all the support from our fans will be important.”

I felt for everyone at the club. I know the players personally, Khun Vichais family and Khun Top [the chairmans son], I feel for all of them.

“It was a long journey but very important for us, the players and staff to support Vichai’s family and it was a chance for us also, to honour our chairman.

Premier League-winning assistant tells talkSPORT he was made to feel so welcome when he returned to the Foxes to offer his condolences

“Harry will not be available for this weekend and the internationals games also, it will be the same for Maddison.

I spent ten years at Leicester and you feel the hurt, you feel the pain, he told talkSPORT host Jim White on Thursday.

“We will see after the international break if they can come back, Maguire’s injury is a little more serious than Maddison’s.

“(For Maguire) It will be a few weeks, we will make a point about his comeback after the international break.

Just to offer some sort of support to everyone at the training ground and at the stadium, it felt right to do.

“(Maddison) feels something the day after the Cardiff game. It;s not too serious but he will not play this game.”

Players and officials from the club travelled to Thailand following last weekends game against Cardiff for the funeral of Srivaddhanaprabha. They took part in Buddhist prayers on Sunday and Monday before flying back to the UK.

I had a visit to the training ground last week. I left it late because emotionally I had a lot to do with the players, staff and everybody, so you don’t want to feel as though you’re forcing yourself on them.

During the second half the Foxes shirts will bear an embroidered poppy symbol in commemoration of Remembrance Sunday, with a two-minute silence to be held before kick-off.

The Srivaddhanaprabha family and everyone at Leicester City Football Club have been deeply moved by the remarkable volume of generous and thoughtful tributes left at King Power Stadium in the wake of the tragedy of 27 October that claimed the lives of five people, including our beloved chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. The extraordinary scenes of compassion and condolence demonstrated on Filbert Way in the last week have been an enormous source of comfort and strength to the families involved and to everyone whose lives have been touched by recent events. The support of our fans, our community and the football world during this darkest of weeks will never be forgotten. In the spirit of this, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Burnley the club will begin the process of carefully and respectfully relocating tributes, ensuring the compassion, kindness and love that have been so evident in the last week are sentiments that will endure.

“We will manage the moment step by step but I feel in my players focus and soul. They have learned a lot about themselves in all this and I am proud of them all.”

We didn’t really want it to be like this but at the end of the day we are human beings, everyone is a human being and we are thankful for all the support we have received. That is what sport can do. It can bring people together in ways not many people can.

A second Quarter-Final tie will also be screened live on Tuesday 18 December, although the selected fixture can only be confirmed following Leicester City’s rearranged Round Four tie with Southampton on Tuesday 27 November. If Claude Puel’s team win, their Quarter-Final match with Manchester City will be screened live on Sky Sports on Tuesday 18 December. However, if Southampton progress, Middlesbrough’s match with Burton Albion will be the selected TV tie as Mark Hughes’ team cannot play on Tuesday due to their scheduled Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday 16 December.

A special video will be played before their game, which kicks off at 15:00 GMT on Saturday, while fans have also planned a tribute march to the ground.

We have to try and do as we do usually, even though it’s a difficult and special game. I think we all know it’s going to be a special game. It’s their first game back since the accident. It’s going to be very emotional.

Leicester will manage the “emotion” of their first home match since Vichai Srivaddhanaprabhas death “step by step”, says manager Claude Puel.

Thousands of Leicester fans are expected to march through the city in tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha ahead of the clubs first Premier League home game since his death.

Authorities are preparing to guide 20,000 people on a route that starts from Jubilee Square at 12.45pm and finishes at the King Power Stadiums car park E, next to the site of the helicopter crash that claimed the Leicester owners life and those of four others.

The walk covers nearly two miles, travelling along Upperton Road, Raw Dykes Road and Western Boulevard, and is meant to convey the depth of feeling for a man who transformed the club and also assisted the citys charities.

Leicester have said the vast memorial that bloomed outside the ground after the crash following the West Ham game nearly a fortnight ago will be moved by the time Burnley visit on Saturday.

A club statement read: The Srivaddhanaprabha family and everyone at Leicester City Football Club have been deeply moved by the remarkable volume of generous and thoughtful tributes left at King Power Stadium in the wake of the tragedy of 27 October that claimed the lives of five people, including our beloved Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Puel added: “It is not easy to prepare for this game. The emotion, no consistency in training sessions.

The extraordinary scenes of compassion and condolence demonstrated on Filbert Way in the last week have been an enormous source of comfort and strength to the families involved and to everyone whose lives have been touched by recent events. The support of our fans, our community and the football world during this darkest of weeks will never be forgotten.

In the spirit of this, ahead of Saturdays visit of Burnley the club will begin the process of carefully and respectfully relocating tributes, ensuring the compassion, kindness and love that have been so evident in the last week are sentiments that will endure.

On Friday 9 November, the final day of Khun Vichais funeral in Bangkok, floral tributes will be relocated to a designated area close to the accident site near the south-east corner of King Power Stadium.

The club would like to invite supporters to be part of this relocation, which is closer to the accident site. Our fans created this stadium tribute, and we dearly wish for you all to be part of the relocation of the flowers, now that the accident site has recently been handed back to the club. 

Ahead of kick-off a number of events are planned. A special video will be shown on the big screens at 2:45pm and supporters will be gifted commemorative scarves, pin badges, clap banners and souvenir matchday programmes in honour of Srivaddhanaprabha.

The fixture is also Leicesters annual Remembrance Day commemoration, and a two-minute silence will be observed before the game to honour those sacrifices as well as the five lives lost at King Power Stadium. At half-time, veterans and Armed Forces personnel will parade around the pitch.

Srivaddhanaprabhas name will be embroidered on the teams match shirts during the first half, while the second half jerseys will bear the embroidered poppy symbol. 

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