Lia Cataldo

Cataldo's League Season Finale Excitement

LCFC Women midfielder Lia Cataldo says the players are embracing the prospect of playing at King Power Stadium, ahead of their maiden fixture on Filbert Way this Sunday (2pm kick-off).
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- LCFC Women conclude their league campaign with a home fixture against Charlton Athletic on Sunday
- Midfielder Lia Cataldo was on media duties during Thursday afternoon's pre-match presser
- She speaks about the opportunity of playing at King Power Stadium and lifting the FA Women's Championship trophy
- Supporters will be able to watch live coverage of the game live on LCFC TV, via LCFC.com from 1:45pm

Charlton Athletic Women are the visitors for the Club's final league game of 2020/21, after which the Foxes will be presented with the FA Women's Championship trophy.

Leicester swept aside the competition to seal the title with two games to spare, remaining unbeaten on home soil, and now have an exciting opportunity to showcase their abilities on the King Power Stadium turf.

The game will be played behind-closed-doors due to COVID-19 protocols, but will be available to watch live and for free on LCFC TV, via LCFC.com.

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Lia Cataldo
Lia Cataldo

The former Millwall midfielder has made seven Championship appearances for the Foxes so far this term.

The 20-year-old believes it will be an occasion to saviour for the squad but also outlined why it is important for the champions to finish with three points on the board.

"We're all buzzing," Cataldo told the media in Thursday's pre-match press conference. "It's a great opportunity for us all to play at the stadium. It's the first time that the women's team will have played there so I think everyone's just really looking forward to it.

"What a great opportunity it is to play at that stadium, with a great pitch. I think to play our final game there when we can lift the trophy, it's just great.

"We've had a really good week of training, it was at a great standard. It's a bigger pitch and we have been preparing for that, we've had that in mind with what we've been going through in training.

Hopefully we go out with the right mindset and the main thing is to just get that win. It would make it extra special when we're lifting that trophy.

Lia Cataldo

"We do want that win of course. Lifting that trophy, it wouldn't be quite as special if we didn't get that win so it is really important. Hopefully we go out with the right mindset and the main thing is to just get that win. It would make it extra special when we're lifting that trophy.

"With the fans, it gives you that extra bit of adrenaline, it gets you going. It is a shame [they're not there], but that's just the circumstances. Hopefully people will be able to watch it on LCFC TV. It won't quite be the same without the fans, but I'm sure we'll still enjoy it."

The Peterborough-born midfielder reflected on the campaign as a whole, which has involved 15 wins from 19 league games to date, a Championship-record 12 consecutive victories and a run to the Continental Tyres League Cup Semi-Finals.

She also looked ahead to what will be in store for the squad in 2021/22, admitting the test of playing Barclays FA Women's Super League opponents on a regular basis will be bigger than anything they have previously faced.

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Full Focus On Charlton For LCFC Women At Belvoir Drive

LCFC Women have been preparing at Belvoir Drive this week for Sunday's encounter with Charlton Athletic at King Power Stadium.

"There's been a lot of challenges but I think, as a team, we've dealt with those really well to get to where we are now," the former Arsenal youngster added.

"That's been the aim all season throughout everything. All we've ever said is to get that promotion and we would do whatever it takes to get there and you can see that. I feel we really do have the backing here.

"It will be a completely different level from the Championship to the WSL. It will be a massive step up but I think we've got to be ready for that. It will be quicker, it will be more physical, but we know that and we've just got to prepare for that.

"We know what we'll be facing and tactically, however we go about it, it will be different for different teams in the league. But I'm sure we'll come up with the right plan for the right team."

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