Oriol Romeu is looking forward to featuring in the FA Cup once again having won the competition with Chelsea during his first season in England.
The Saints midfielder has not featured in England’s most famous cup competition since helping his former club see off QPR on their way to lifting the trophy in 2012.
A serious injury ended any hopes of helping Chelsea defend their trophy during the 2012/13 season, before two years out on loan in Europe ahead of a return to England with Saints.
Ahead of Saturday’s visit of Palace, Romeu says he’s excited to return to FA Cup action. “It’s a competition that everyone loves – the fans love and the players like to play in,” the Spaniard told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“In Chelsea, I could win it in my first season, so it was very good. It was a great experience and I could see how happy the fans were in that moment.
“Hopefully we can go through and have a great competition to fight for the title.
“We have to know it’s not going to be easy. This competition is very hard for everyone. From the best to the worst team, you have to do the right things.
“One silly mistake and then you can be chasing the game. It’s very important to try and win and go through.”
Romeu may be given a chance to impress by Ronald Koeman from the off against the Eagles following Victor Wanyama’s red card against Norwich City last weekend.
While he’s hopeful of getting his opportunity, Romeu says his preparations have not differed despite knowing Wanyama will be absent this Saturday.
“For me, my mentality is always to work hard. If I play or don’t play, I will keep the way I’m training and doing things the same,” Romeu added.
“You have to work hard and do the right things every training session, but that’s the same as before.
“Any chance is important. For a player we have to take it seriously and do our best in every game. We will see who ends up playing.
“We are going to try and do our best to go through and show we can do our best to play every game, but the main thing is we have to win.”