Saturday 21 September 2019

Vardy wants Cardiff win to honour memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Vardy called Srivaddhanaprabha part of his family and is desperate to get three points for the club’s owner.

Jamie Vardy paying his respects to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha this week (Mike Egerton/PA)
Jamie Vardy paying his respects to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha this week (Mike Egerton/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

Jamie Vardy hopes Leicester can honour the memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with victory at Cardiff on Saturday.

The club’s owner was one of five people tragically killed after his helicopter crashed in a car park near the King Power Stadium following last weekend’s home game against West Ham.

Leicester’s Carabao Cup tie at home to Southampton was postponed in the wake of the disaster and has been rearranged for Tuesday, November 27, but the Premier League match away to Cardiff will go ahead as planned.

Foxes boss Claude Puel said on Thursday that the result would not be important at Cardiff, but Vardy hopes to honour Srivaddhanaprabha with a fitting performance and a win.

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Tributes have poured in outside the King Power Stadium (Mike Egerton/PA)

Speaking publicly for the first time since the tragedy, Vardy told Sky Sports News: “We all spoke about wanting to play. It’s what Vichai would’ve wanted and that’s what we are going to do.

“We need to make sure we go out there and honour his name and put in a performance that will hopefully get the win. I know people are saying the result doesn’t matter but for us as players we want to get a positive result.

“It’s going to be tough and very emotional and what the lads wanted to do was play this game and honour the man himself. The main thing is we all come together even stronger and do Vichai proud.”

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Jamie Vardy believes victory ver Cardiff would be the ideal tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha (Mike Egerton/PA)

Vardy also paid tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha, saying the Thai billionaire was more like a family member to the club’s players.

“The relationship was exactly how you’ve seen it put out there. He wasn’t just a chairman, he literally was part of your extended family,” he said.

“It didn’t matter who you were, he always made time for you. And as all the pictures that have been put out have shown, he was always smiling. Those are the things you will never forget and which will stay engraved in your mind.

“From day one, literally from when I first met him up until now, he’s always been really friendly and always wanting to be involved.

“He wasn’t just a chairman, he was part of the squad itself and was always here and always giving you encouragement and wanting to be involved with the lads, and that’s credit to him.”

Puel thinks a return to action might help Leicester to put a traumatic week behind them.

He said: “Playing football has not been at the front of our minds this week but it is one of the best remedies you can have.

“I have 27 players in the squad and all are ready together to give their best and 100 per cent to remember the owner on the pitch. I hope we can find the right balance between conviction and emotion. If we remain just on the emotion it will be difficult, of course.

“I am confident when I saw my players in the training session that they can give their best. For a few minutes in the game when it starts you need your focus just on the football, but before and after the match we cannot forget.”

Daniel Amartey will miss the trip to Cardiff. The 23-year-old midfielder suffered a serious ankle injury during the home draw with West Ham last weekend and is set to be sidelined for around four months after undergoing surgery.

Captain Wes Morgan is available again after serving a ban while Matty James resumed training this week after a long-term Achilles problem.

Meanwhile, Leicester have offered travelling supporters a free breakfast at the King Power Stadium, while a special t-shirt in tribute to the club’s late chairman will be made available to fans in the away concourse of the Cardiff City Stadium.

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