Lucia Leon and Tottenham Ladies ready for big FA Women’s Premier League National Championship play-off match
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Spanish defender was part of team which defeated Blackburn Rovers earlier in the season and is hopeful history will repeat itself
Tottenham Ladies right-back Lucia Leon will draw on the positives of their last meeting with Blackburn Rovers, a 2-1 win, ahead of Sunday’s FA Women’s Premier League National Championship play-off.
The two teams faced each other in the third round of the FA Cup and Spurs came out on top, but the squad are taking nothing for granted.
Leon, an athletic Spanish defender, believes Tottenham must focus only on the clash to come.
“We have to start from zero, we have to forget about the previous game we played,” said the right-back.
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“Obviously we’ll remember the things that we did well and look to try and repeat them again.
“We want to try and exploit their weaknesses, we have knowledge about their strengths, but it’s going to be a completely different match. The pitch, the atmosphere – it’s all going to be different.”
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The winner of Sunday’s game will earn a spot in the Women’s Super League Two for next season.
And Spurs are determined to claim another vital victory this weekend after sealing a historic treble already.
Leon added: “Everyone’s really looking forward to the game. It’s probably the biggest for most of us in our careers.
“We’re all preparing ourselves, we have three or four training sessions and we’re going to do lots of recovery.
“We’ll be together throughout the whole week, so it’s going to be really important that we see each other all the time, as we do always.
“I think if we play like we have been throughout the whole season, we’ll give ourselves a great chance.
“We’ve played them before and we beat them in the last 10 or 15 seconds, so it’s going to be a battle, they’re really physical.
“They are a strong side. I think it’s going to be a great game and everyone is ready and up for it.”
Although Tottenham have won three pieces of silverware already this season, Leon knows this is the one that matters most.
“We’ve won two cups and the league and that’s not just from technical and physical ability, it is our mentality and togetherness has been really important,” she said.
“Obviously winning the silverware that we have done is great, but it’s a totally different situation now.
“The cups are already in our pockets. We now have to look forward, concentrate on this one because this is the biggest.”