“You see the way we train and I work hard every day just to be ready,” he told us then. “That’s how I am. I'm a professional. The situation is different now for me but in many ways, I do what I always have done. That’s a strength, I think. You need to be ready.”
That scenario arrived after 35 minutes at Goodison Park. Hugo Lloris suffered a hamstring problem and with us already 1-0 down, and Michel entered the fray.
He then made a key contribution just before half-time as Gerard Deulofeu burst through on goal. Michel stood firm and blocked the one-on-one chance with his legs.
“If we’d gone in 2-0 down at half-time that might have been a different story so it was great to make a difference there,” he said.
“These are the moments that I have to be ready for and I don’t get fazed by it with the experience that I have.”
Below: Our graphics show Michel's successful passes (left) and stats up against Stekelenburg (Michel on the right)
We were a different team in the second half. We equalised just before the hour through Erik Lamela and it was then Michel’s Dutch compatriot Maarten Stekelenburg making headlines at the other end with world-class saves to deny Erik again and Vincent Janssen as we pushed for victory.
“You always have to keep in mind that something might happen, it hasn’t in the last few seasons, it did here,” continued Michel, who has now made 21 appearances for us in all competitions. “You can see again that something can change in a minute.
“It always strange when you have to come on in these circumstances, but if you can make an impact in a positive result then happy days!”