ROMEU: ALL TO PLAY FOR

Posted on: Fri 27 Jul 2012

Oriol Romeu remains adamant that Spain can secure Olympic gold following their 1-0 defeat to Japan in the opening game of the men's football tournament at Hampden Park.

Yuki Otsu scored the decisive goal shortly after the half-hour mark, and when Spain defender Inigo Dominguez was harshly dismissed nine minutes later, it was always going to be an uphill struggle for a nation who, somewhat understandably, have grown accustomed to winning.

The Chelsea midfielder, however, who came on as a substitute midway through the second half, takes solace from the fact that Spain went on to win the 2010 World Cup after losing their first game 1-0 against Switzerland.

'The first game wasn't as good as we had hoped but this is football,' the 20-year-old told the Spanish Football Federation's website.

'Many national teams have won World Cups and European Championships having not won the first game; it's not how you start but how you finish.

'In the dressing room after the defeat everyone was encouraging each other to move forward. This is a good thing to have in difficult moments, it comes from inside of us and I think we will show our resolve in the two games left in the group stages and those that come afterwards.

'We are the ones who believe in ourselves most, we have strength and desire and we are sure we are going to do something great.'

With the opening ceremony for the games taking place in Stratford later this evening [27 July], the youngster, an adopted Londoner for the past 12 months, admitted that he cannot wait for the big event.

'For me it creates a special excitement because this is the city I have been living in for the past year and I hope I will be living in for many more," he said. 'I am at home and to live such an amazing event is very lucky. We expect to enjoy it.'