Adrián San Miguel, from being without a team to start in the European Super Cup

Adrián San Miguel, from being without a team to start in the European Super Cup

The Sevillian will play his first final after Alisson’s injury. A week ago he was without equipment and training with the U.D. Pilas, a humble club of the Andalusian First Division

The professional career of Adrián San Miguel (Seville, 1987) has been full of unexpected twists since he became part of Betis’ first team in the 2012/13 season. A week ago he was without a team after finishing his contract with West Ham, a team in which he was in the last six seasons, and training at the U.D. Pilas, a club of the Andalusian regional First Division. When he least expected it and there was speculation with his return to the team in which he made the leap to the front line, Liverpool signed him as a substitute for Alisson Becker after the march to the Witches of Simon Mignolet a few days after the close of the market in England .

But the fable of the Sevillian goal does not end there. Last Friday, when it seemed that he would see his team’s league debut against Norwich placidly from the bench, Alisson suffered an unexpected calf injury as he pulled from the door five minutes from the end of the first half, which caused him to jump to defend the goal of the European champion earlier than expected. Yesterday Klopp confirmed the Brazilian’s loss for at least the next four weeks and, consequently, Adrian would be the goal in which he will undoubtedly be the most important game of his career: the final of the European Super Cup tomorrow against Chelsea. «Adrián is the perfect solution to Mignolet’s march. Meet the Premier and know what it is to play in pressure situations, ”said the German coach after hiring.

It is not the first time that the Andalusian jumps to ownership in a surprising way. In the 2012/13 season, when he was Betis’ third goalkeeper, Fabri’s loss and Casto’s expulsion in the 10th minute of the sixth matchday against Málaga, his official debut in the First Division was precipitated . In the remaining 80 minutes he conceded four goals, but Pepe Mel decided to trust him again for the following matches. The Sevillian did not receive a single goal in his next three appearances and his performances allowed him to establish himself as the starting goalkeeper the rest of the course.

His performance opened the doors of the Premier League and in the summer of 2013 he signed for West Ham United. After a first season with less continuity, the Andalusian became unquestionable from his second campaign in England, even in 2016 being summoned once by Julen Lopetegui, although he did not finally debut with the national team.

His stellar moment as a hammer came a year earlier, in the tiebreaker of the third round of FA Cup against Everton. In the penalty shootout, he cut two pitches and with 8-8 on the scoreboard he took off his gloves and scored the decisive goal.

The last two years at West Ham he had to fight for the job with goalkeepers like Joe Hart or Lukasz Fabiaski. The Polish ended up relegating him in his last campaign to the substitution and only played five games, none of them in the Premier League.

Now, with 32 years he faces a major challenge. Not only will he have the opportunity to defend the goal of a six-time European champion team like Liverpool in a continental final. Adrián could finally release his record and raise his first professional title.

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