ORIOL ADDS OPTIONS

Posted on: Sat 28 Apr 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has made it perfectly clear every member of the squad has a part to play in the crowded closing weeks of the season, so the return of Oriol Romeu in the previous league match was good news.

The 20-year-old Spaniard has impressed many during his first season at Chelsea, during which he has made 22 appearances, but injury, including a hamstring strain and then a bout of illness, meant last weekend's game at Arsenal was his first action since the 3-3 draw against Manchester United in the first week of February.

He returned to the starting line-up at the Emirates as eight changes were made to the side following the gruelling home leg against Barcelona three days earlier.

'Every player wants to play and when you are back it is good and you try to play as well as you can,' Romeu says as he considers his return to the team.

'There were a couple of injuries and I was not fit to play but then the coach said to me that I was ready to play and he wanted to put me back, and I was happy for that. Hopefully in the next games it will happen again.

'At Arsenal it was a strange game because we had many changes to the team but we tried to do our best and I think we played well. We had chances to win and although it was 0-0, any of the two teams could win that game.'

Although the Barcelona-nurtured midfielder wasn't used for the Champions League second leg on Tuesday night, he was a member of the travelling party that visited his previous club.

'I got to see a lot of friends and I saw all the people with whom I have been working and it was good to ask how things are going. I had friends and family at the match and it was a good chance to see them.

'It was an unbelievable game but we played well,' Romeu adds.

'We played two amazing games and we did a good idea because you know that with Barcelona, they always have the possession and you have to defend well, and we defended very well and that is why we are in the Final.'

Before any thought can be given to Munich however, there are highly important league games to negotiate, beginning today against Queens Park Rangers, and it will be no surprise at all if Di Matteo again turns to Romeu as he attempts to select sides fresh enough to win matches.