Having concluded the final international break and moved into a busy April schedule, today’s game feels like the first step into the season’s final straight. With so much still to play for across our professional teams, the potential remains for this to be a memorable end to the campaign.
The visit of Manchester City is invariably a big test for any team on the pitch and their form this season and status as league leaders only emphasises the scale of the challenge this afternoon. However, our players have showed all season that we have the capacity to cause problems for the best teams in the Premier League. I’m looking forward to an excellent contest between two of the top three teams in the division.
It’s the second successive home game in which we have welcomed opposition from Manchester, having overcome Manchester United in a memorable FA Cup tie here a fortnight ago. Our reward is the Club’s first FA Cup Semi-Final in 39 years at Wembley two weeks from tomorrow – an occasion I only wish our supporters could be part of. It will be a difficult tie against Southampton, but there can be few better incentives than the opportunity to return to Wembley for the FA Cup Final, with the wonderful prospect of fans in attendance.
LCFC Women also go in search of silverware this weekend when they host London City tomorrow afternoon, where a win will be enough to secure the FA Women’s Championship title and promotion to the FA Women’s Super League. Reaching and establishing the team in the top flight of the women’s game is a cornerstone of our long-term ambition for LCFC Women and the players and staff involved have shown exceptional consistency to bring us to the brink of taking an important step in that journey. Focus and professionalism are now needed to finish the job and we wish them the very best of luck, both tomorrow and for the remaining games of their season.
Tomorrow marks what would have been my late father’s birthday – an occasion we became accustomed to sharing with Leicester City supporters in the years since we took ownership of the Club. It was an occasion Khun Vichai took great pleasure in sharing with you all and one that invokes many great memories for me and for my family. While it’s not possible for us to be together this weekend, it remains an occasion the Club will mark appropriately, and I look forward to sharing the celebration with you all again in the future.
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