Oriol Romeu prepares for Manchester United’s second visit in four days tonight determined to show his worth to the team.
The 21-year-old Spaniard has been used only sparingly so far this season, playing 90 minutes against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the previous round of the Capital One Cup, and a seven-minute cameo against Norwich at the start of the month.
Tonight’s fourth round clash could see Romeu return to the field after a period of patience, and he is eager to make an impact and stake a claim for a regular run.
‘I know I have to wait until the chance comes and I am trying to be ready and get my body fit for when I can go onto the pitch and play,’ said the former Barcelona man. ‘That’s important for me, right now I feel ready and I am waiting for it to come. Wednesday night may be a good chance to show that I am ready to play for Chelsea.
‘For me every minute I can play in every competition is important, it doesn’t matter which one, you just want to play well and enjoy your football for the club. This is a competition that can give minutes to people who are not playing regularly, and it lets you show the manager that he can put you on the pitch.’
Despite his lack of action, Romeu refuses to be downbeat about his situation, and insists chances will come if he continues to go about his daily work.
‘Mikel and Ramires are both playing well, the team is having a great season so far and the results have been going well for us, which is the most important thing,’ he said. ‘When you have players like that in front of you, you just have to wait, and the chance always comes so you just have to be ready.
‘It isn’t frustrating. You have to be relaxed. If you get frustrated you lose your mind, you don’t train well and won’t be prepared. I learned last season that when you’re not playing you have to stay focused and wait. If you fight for your place it will come and in the end you will play more.’
Romeu also believes Sunday’s defeat at Stamford Bridge can serve as inspiration in our pursuit of a place in the last eight tonight.
‘Manchester United is always a big match anyway, but after what happened at the weekend, losing with nine men, there will be a big atmosphere in the stadium, and we are very motivated to go out and do our job, and win the match,’ the midfielder said.
You can receive live commentary of tonight’s game with Chelsea TV, wherever you are in the world, before viewing the action on our in-house channel from midnight.