Leitzig: Our Focus Is League Survival
- LCFC Women take on Tottenham Hotspur at Brisbane Road on Wednesday
- The Barclays Women’s Super League fixture has a 7pm GMT kick-off
- The Foxes are currently two points behind Spurs in the standings
- All focus is on Leicester and league survival, says Leitzig
City reinforced their defence in January with the loan signing of Leitzig, and the Bayern Munich shot-stopper has had an immediate impact, claiming three clean sheets, most recently in Leicester's goalless draw with Everton last weekend.
Ahead of a crucial WSL fixture against Spurs, the German ‘keeper spoke about the upcoming match, and the importance three points could have on the table.
“The team make it really easy for me because I had a warm welcome,” Leitzig told the media in Friday’s press conference. “I’ve been really enjoying my time here and with the team on the pitch.
“We all have the goal to stay in the league, and that is the only thing I focus on, and all of us as a team. It’s a big objective but we’re doing well so far.
“My hunger to stay in the league is endless, everyone believes in this and we fight hard every day on the pitch and in training. You can see each weekend how much everyone wants to stay in the league.
Sophie Howard & Janina Leitzig
Janina Leitzig played with Sophie Howard during her time at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
“I get on well with Willie [Kirk]. He is very clear on his aims and gives the team a good structure. From the whole staff and throughout the team, everyone is doing their part."
Tottenham, currently being run by interim manager Vicky Jepson, are two points ahead of the Foxes, but are winless in nine league games. Leitzig, however, knows the threat the London club have.
She added: “I expect a tight game against Tottenham, they need the points, but so do we. We’re looking good, especially the defence which got a clean sheet last weekend. Hopefully we can replicate a similar performance tomorrow.
“We’re confident at the moment. Everton was a tough fight but that, along with the wins against Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion have given us good confidence, so we’ll be looking to take that into the Tottenham game tomorrow."
My focus now is on Leicester and staying in the league.Janina Leitzig
At 23 years of age, it was a big move for the German to take, coming across to the East Midlands, but opportunity of game time, and with it, an exciting challenge was enough to lure Leitzg away until the summer.
“I felt good in Munich,” the No.33 explained. “I liked it there but I didn’t really play in the first half of the season and for a young ‘keeper it's important to be playing and that’s why I come to Leicester and I’m really happy to be here.
“Everyone has been really friendly and helped me a lot. At the start, it wasn’t easy because of the language barrier and everything was new – the people, culture and country. But from the first day I have felt comfortable and at home.
“As a team we have a lot of things to develop in a good way, but we’ve been doing well the last few games and we need to keep that going.
“I was honoured that I could play in the Champions League last season, that was big for me. On the international level, it’s always been a dream to play, but my focus now is on Leicester and staying in the league.”
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