Kasper Schmeichel confesses “emotions are still very fresh” as he returns to Cardiff – where Leicester City won their first match after their owner’s death – with Denmark.
Kasper Leicester goalkeeper was in tears as his side won 1-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium just a week after the helicopter crash which took the lives of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others outside the King Power Stadium.
The Leicester goalkeeper will be coming back to the Welsh city for the second time in two weeks on Friday when Denmark play Wales in the UEFA Nations League.
“The emotion is still raw, we’re still in the memory of it,” he told source ahead of that match.
However the 32-year-old, who was praised by Wales manager Ryan Giggs for the “class” he has shown in the last month, maintains his performance will not be affected.
“In the end we had a good experience in Cardiff because we won, I chose to leave here with positive feelings,” he added.
Schmeichel wrote a genuine tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha in a special match programme for Saturday’s goalless draw against Burnley, which was the club’s first home match since the crash.
He publicised he had waved Srivaddhanaprabha off as the helicopter ascend from the stadium moments before it came down.
Schmeichel was among the Leicester’s ‘5000-1’ Premier League title victory in 2016, and says Srivaddhanaprabha built a “special” environment that means players do not want to leave.
“That’s testament to the family that Vichai built, the way he led the club, the visions and dreams he had, the way he got everyone together and on board,” Schmeichel said.
“In football players chop and change a lot, I think Leicester is a club where players want to stay.
“You can see that by the players we have now extending contracts long term.
“Everyone has bought into his vision and ideas, now it’s up to us to help his son and family carry on his vision, his ambitions and dreams.
“That’s a responsibility we have to take now.”