PUEL: SO PROUD OF MY PLAY­ERS

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Leicester City 0 Burnley 0 -

the city cen­tre to the ground in a show of sol­i­dar­ity. For­mer Le­ices­ter bosses Clau­dio Ranieri, Craig Shake­speare and Nigel Pear­son also showed their re­spect.

Puel (right) said: “It was a spe­cial day – a spe­cial match - our first at home after the dread­ful ac­ci­dent. It was im­por­tant to have a com­mu­nion with our fans to­wards our chair­man.

“After the game, it was pure emo­tion. The play­ers and fans both made their trib­utes to­wards him.

It was a fan­tas­tic con­nec­tion. To see the for­mer man­agers come back too showed the man he was. He was close to his man­agers and play­ers.

“Vichai was a nice man. He wanted to please peo­ple around him. He was gen­er­ous with his feel­ings. He al­ways had a smile.”

A large con­tin­gent of play­ers flew to Thai­land after last week­end’s game against Cardiff, re­turn­ing in mid­week fol­low­ing the of­fi­cial fu­neral.

Puel added: “We couldn’t train in good con­di­tions this week. It was im­por­tant to give our best. It was dif­fer­ent [from Cardiff]. I’m proud of my play­ers. They learnt a lot about them­selves and found their ma­tu­rity.”

Burn­ley boss Sean Dy­che added: “It’s a rare feel­ing as a man­ager. You want to win, but if we had, it would have been in­ci­den­tal in the grand scheme of things. To­day re­minded me that the gloss, the glam­our, the im­por­tant thing is that the club is part of a com­mu­nity. Some­times that gets lost in mod­ern foot­ball.”

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