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We usually take a look at what the two managers have had to say ahead of a game but this week has been somewhat different, certainly in the case of Leicester boss Claude Puel who spent the early part of the week with his players in Bangkok at the start of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral.

Speaking yesterday, he said: “The support from the football community, all the clubs, was fantastic. I would like to say thank you to them for all of their support. We know our fans, they are fantastic. There were 3,000 of them at our last game in Cardiff, it was a fantastic reunion with the fans.

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“After the game, there was a lot of emotion that we shared with them and we can imagine what it will be like at home with 30,000 people in the stadium. It’s a family and it’s important for us to honour our Chairman and pay our tribute in this game.

“It’s not easy to prepare this game, but the togetherness between us all, it’s a good feeling, a good energy, a fantastic strength. Our strength, spirit and positive attitude, as well as the support of our fans, will be very important. In the last game, we found the right balance between emotion and concentration, and focus on our game.”

Sean Dyche was at the King Power two weeks ago for the West Ham game and he’s been there again today along with coach Tony Loughlan, club captain Tom Heaton and defender Ben Mee, who had a loan spell at Leicester prior to joining Burnley, to lay a wreath.

Yesterday, he said: “We will pay our respects and we are there to support Leicester, but when the whistle blows, they will know we have a job to do. We all have to take the game on and play as hard as we can to win.

“I can only imagine with the owner’s family, and what they’ve done at that club and how they know about football, they would expect that. And I think from both sides, that’s what will happen. For that 90-odd minutes the story will be about the game and that’s what we still have to get our minds on. We definitely want to perform and we definitely want points on the board.”

Dyche will be looking to tighten things up at the back for us after conceding all those goals in recent games. He added: “You don’t want to get lots of goals put past you, but it can happen. It hasn’t happened to us very often, so we just want to make sure it’s a period, rather than an on-going period, where those goals have gone in.”

He’ll continue to back his players though: “I don’t forget what they’ve given me and this club, and now we want more from them,”” he added. “The demand is we want more. We want to get it back to where it was, we want to continue, we want to fight, work, punch above our weight, whatever terms you want to use.

“That’s what we’ve done historically and it’s just reminding them of those facts and that’s what we have to do.”




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