Oriol Romeu tweets excitement ahead of Europa League tie; posts 2013 final photos


The former Chelsea player took to Twitter ahead of Southampton's match with Midtjylland, posting photos of the Blues' 2013 triumph.

Southampton defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu has tweeted pictures of fond memories he has of the Europa League, as he prepares to make his full debut against Danish side Midtjylland in the final playoff stage before the Saints make the competition proper.

Romeu posted a picture of him celebrating with his Chelsea teammates after the Londoners won the 2013 final against Benfica.

The Spaniard made his Saints debut in the disappointing 3-0 loss to Everton last weekend, and will see the final qualifier match against Midtjylland as a good opportunity to earn minutes and settle in at his new club.

Romeu wasn't actually involved in the Europa League final for Chelsea in 2013, or even in the Blues European campaign at all that season, aside from 90 minutes in the 6-1 route over Nordsjaelland in that year's Champions League group stage.

But he did feature in Valencia's Europa League matches during a loan spell the following season, playing four matches as Los Che made it all the way to the semifinals.

Despite his slightly tenuous link to Chelsea's glory of 2013, one thing that is undeniable is Romeu's determination and optimism about the tournament, which is at odds with many other clubs and supporter's opinions of the Europa League.

It is hard for anyone to criticise a tournament that offers Champions League football at the end of it, and will eventually see plenty of glamour ties in the knockout stages.

For an ambitious club like Southampton, who have made huge strides back to top level football in recent years, it is the natural step as they seek the promised land of the elite level of European football.

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