Europa League final preview

LIVE - UEFA Europa League Final: Olympique de Marseille v Atlético de Madrid SAD

LIVE - UEFA Europa League Final: Olympique de Marseille v Atlético de Madrid SAD

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While Atletico Madrid have considerable European pedigree, winning the Europa League in 2010 and 2012 and reaching two Champions League finals since then.

They can avoid that tense scenario by finding a way through a formidable Atletico defence and clinching not just a shock triumph and a European trophy, but also an immediate place in next season's Champions League group stage.

"We all want to imitate what our famous predecessors did and we know that it is going to be very hard".

'They had that embargo put upon them which obviously pushed back Diego Costa's time when he could actually start playing for them and I think it was that window he was possibly going to go.

And even if coach Diego Simeone insisted his focus was like that of a racehorse - "head forward, I don't see or hear anything but the final" - it is impossible to ignore the noise surrounding the Frenchman.

"Whenever we come to these situations we need to approach it with humility, hard work".

There is confidence in Spain that Atletico's greater collective experience of European finals will give them the edge, but Simeone has been keen to avoid too many comparisons with what has come before.

The 27-year-old, who faces a summer of speculation over a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano, scored in each half - with Gabi striking late on to seal a 3-0 win for Atleti.

"What "Cholo" (Simeone) is doing for the club is historic", Griezmann said in an interview with UEFA.

Without him, assistant "Mono" Burgos will take charge of the team, just as he did in the second leg of that tie against the Gunners. (AFP/Getty Images) Payet was consoled by France teammate Antoine Griezmann.

He said: "We believe against Atletico because this season has shown that we are a real team". We've proven that we could overcome some steep challenges. Moreover, none of those finals saw as big a difference between the two sides as we have here. Atletico go into the encounter as favourites, however, the Spanish side needs to be wary of their opponents who will be gunning to add the Europa title to their cabinet. "Now we have a fantastic chance to become the first to win the Europa League", Garcia said Tuesday at a news conference.

This was a bitter pill to swallow for Marseille's supporters and especially cruel for Payet. Everything we have experienced in these last few years we will remember forever.

When Marseille acquired the services of Luiz Gustavo from Wolfsburg for a paltry €8 million (Dh34.8m), no one batted an eyelid but he has since emerged as one of the signings of the season in France. Of course we feel the 12th man.

Thauvin has 22 goals and 11 assists to his name in Ligue 1 so far this term, as well as notching four goals in the run to the Europa League final.

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