Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has revealed the team’s victory over Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday felt like a final, following an emotional week for the club.
Schmeichel says the emotions following their 1-0 win at Cardiff were unlike anything he has experienced so far in his career.
Demarai Gray’s winner proved the difference both teams but the Denmark international’s clean sheet, after being in tears during the pre-match minute’s silence, highlighted the club’s collective resilience.
“It felt like a cup final,” Schmeichel said, according to FourFourTwo.
“I haven’t really known a feeling like it on the pitch. I am really glad to have won…I think everyone is more relieved than anything.”
“(The day was) emotional, yes, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. It gives you a certain strength. It is an emotional day and an emotional time but there was no question I was going to play.”
Schmeichel, who received counselling during the week, also confirmed he had witnessed the moment when Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter crashed to the ground, shortly after taking off.
“I spoke to somebody (for support),” he said. “I was on the pitch. I waved him off, I saw it all happen. It was something that will stay with me, unfortunately.
“But the club have been great and everybody has received the support they need. It is not a nice memory but I have had all the support I need.”
Schmeichel believes the game against Cardiff, was not a game for tactical nous, but maintaining focus.
“There was no real need for gameplans or tactics. It was just about controlling our emotions,” he explained.
“We talked about having to just stick together and be what we always have been – a family. We talked about how proud we are of being here, of being part of what he has built.”