Kirstie Levell

Leicester City A 'Special' Club, Says Levell

LCFC Women's promotion to the Barclays FA Women's Super League is a result of the group's relentless hard work and graft, according to goalkeeper Kirstie Levell.
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- LCFC Women goalkeeper Kirstie Levell catches up LCFC TV following the Club's promotion
- The FA Women's Championship title was confirmed with a win over London City Lionesses 
- Levell kept her fifth successive clean sheet during that victory at Farley Way Stadium 
- The Vitality Women's FA Cup is another competition that the Foxes want to do well in, she adds

Going up as second-tier champions, the Foxes sealed the title with two games to spare, following a 2-0 victory over London City Lionesses at Farley Way Stadium - their 15th win of the league campaign.

It has also been a terrific season for the former Everton 'keeper who has kept nine clean sheets across her first term as a Fox and is currently on a run of five consecutive shutouts.

"It was just very exciting for everyone who is a part of this Club," the shot-stopper commented whilst speaking to LCFC TV earlier this week. "Looking back at the older players who've been here, the new ones who came in, we felt the same on that day so that's all that matters really.

Hopefully we can go on and win the FA Cup, but we just need to take each day as it comes with the football life. We're just having fun with it.

Kirstie Levell LCFC TV

"We enjoyed Sunday. Jonathan [Morgan] said to make sure that we live in the moment because these things don't come around often and especially for Remi [Allen] and Barks (Sophie Barker) who are now in their 30s, this might be the last thing that they win, hopefully it's not!

"Hopefully we can go on and win the FA Cup, but we just need to take each day as it comes with the football life. We're just having fun with it."

The 24-year-old also reflected on the challenges that a squad full of new players faced coming together over pre-season and looking to hit the ground running during their first season as a full-time, professional outfit.

She believes that things took shape gradually as the season progressed, culminating in achieving the Club's first-ever FA Women's Championship title, elevating Leicester to the top tier of the women's game.

"At first I think it was hard with COVID-19," Levell admitted, looking back on the beginnings of her Leicester City career. "The first few days, we were walking round with masks on and I didn't know who some of the players were.

"We didn't get to introduce ourselves properly, there were no initiations or anything like that so it was challenging in a way to find out a lot about our team-mates really.

"But, in a way, that also helped us gel and made us make sure that we stayed later, got involved and found out more depth to someone and their life, not just football.

"I know that we've definitely gelled, over the second half of the season especially, after Christmas I think we all really knuckled down and we all had the same goal so I think that really helped us."

We all wanted to be part of that and make history with this Club. It's a special place to be.

Kirstie Levell LCFC TV

"We've had quite a few things to overcome and I think it's kept us very humble for the task ahead and what we've achieved, I think that's now more special.

"You look at those WSL players like myself who dropped down into this league and you can say it was something that, in our careers, we were thinking: 'Is this the right thing to do?' But we all believed in what Jonathan wanted to achieve.

"We all wanted to be part of that and make history with this club. It's a special place to be."

Following the international break, City must now turn their attention to the Vitality Women's FA Cup and a home tie against Liverpool in the fourth round of the competition on Sunday (2pm BST kick-off), followed by the final two league fixtures of the 2020/21 campaign. 

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Title Celebrations At Farley Way

The moment LCFC Women were officially promoted to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Leicester have already reached one semi-final this term and Levell is hoping to go one better than their Continental Tyres League Cup last-four appearance.

The LCFC Women's goalkeeper added: "We know what we've achieved, but this week, we've got to crack on again for the FA Cup and the last two games of the season.

"We won't be shy to say we sort of shocked ourselves to a certain extent when we made it to the semi-finals of the Conti Cup. I think that was a really great achievement and we showed that we can compete with these WSL teams.

"As a team we've got a lot to show still and going and playing at Wembley would be the best thing ever. We're high on confidence and I think, right now, give us any team and we'll be ready to take on the challenge." 

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