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Europa League final: Antoine Griezmann's final bling for Atletico Madrid

17 May, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Christina Hansen
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Spanish club Atletico Madrid and French side, Marseille face off in the Europa League final on Wednesday with both boasting notable European pedigree.

Marseille, meanwhile, has never won the Europa League title, now three times finishing as a runner-up, and entered the day hoping to claim its first piece of European silverware since winning the Champions League title back in 1993.

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.

Asked if his absence will have any impact, he said: "We lived it with Arsenal, at home, when German was [watching] over the team".

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Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann celebrates a goal against Arsenal during the Europa League semi-final recently.

During his time with the club, Atletico have won La Liga and been runners-up in the Champions League on two occasions. Former West Ham star Payet told the BBC: "We know how tough it is. Of course, that's an added source of motivation, and if we do win the final, our names will be written into the club's history books forever".

The Argentinian guided Atletico to success in the competition in 2012, a victory which provided a springboard for runs to the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016.

Marseille comes into this one having lost just once in their last nine matches-and that defeat came on the second leg of their Europa semifinal tie against Salzburg, a match in which they did what was needed to advance.

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Fernando Torres (for Griezmann 90) - N/A - A late sub, coming on for his what may be his Atletico Madrid game.

Madrid sports daily Marca carried a picture of Simeone on its front page on Wednesday, under the headline: "The Lyon King". Nothing we've seen has dented our confidence that this is still the case as Diego Simeone's side make the trip to Lyon for the final.

"They're a risky team offensively".

Luiz Gustavo - 5 - Playing out of position at centre-back again, Gustavo looked comfortable at the back and did well to keep track with Atletico's attackers in the first half. It will be an intense game and we will take it to where it suits us. "We've known each other all our lives and we have a similar vision of football", Simeone said.

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