Claude Puel praised Leicester’s self-control after their “tough week” ended with a 1-0 victory at Cardiff City yesterday. Leicester returned to action for the first time since owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others were killed in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium last weekend.
Demarai Gray struck the 55th-minute winner on an emotional afternoon for everyone connected with the Premier League club. “It was tough all week,” Leicester manager Puel said. “We went step by step, we came back for training and worked together.
All the players were devastated on Monday, but we got back training and we had to prepare for the game. “We had to keep our self-control, it would not have been possible to succeed if we played this game on emotion. It was important to find the balance between emotion, self-control and desire.
“I am happy we managed to do this and it was great to experience this result with the fans at the end, because it was all the family together to honour our chairman.”
Gray, under disciplinary protocol, was booked by referee Lee Probert for removing his shirt after scoring.
The forward paid tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha with the words ‘For Khun Vichai’ written on the top he was wearing underneath.
But Puel said he accepted the yellow card as “we played like professionals and it was important for the referee to be professional too”.