Saturday, 17 November, 2018


Marseille vs Atletico Madrid Preview: Atleti Tipped To Win Europa League Final

Marseille vs Atletico Madrid Preview: Atleti Tipped To Win Europa League Final Marseille vs Atletico Madrid Preview: Atleti Tipped To Win Europa League Final
Noah Ferguson | 16 May, 2018, 10:58

Rolando, the Brazilian defender, was Marseille's hero against Salzburg with the winning goal in extra time last time out, but they will be without him for the final because of a calf injury.

A King's Cup victory followed in 2013 before Atletico managed to overhaul Liga aristocrats Barcelona and Real Madrid to lift the league title in 2014. They have two ways to qualify for next season's Champions League - by winning this tournament or by finishing third in France, where they are now fourth and a point behind.

"We've known each other for almost all our lives, we have the same vision of football so whatever I'm thinking, he is thinking the same".

Speaking ahead of the game, Torres looked ahead to the opportunity of picking up his first major trophy as an Atleti player, as well as forgetting about the twilight of his career due to the busy preparations. However, two of those wins came in this season's UEFA Europa League round of 16, when they beat Athletic Club home 3-1 and away 2-1, the latter their first success in Spain at the seventh attempt.

Marseille remain the only French side to win the Champions League, back in 1993, when they stunned AC Milan 1-0 in the final.

Griezmann's fellow striker Diego Costa believes that Griezmann can write his name into the club folklore by firing Atletico to Cup glory.

"They are very solid and have the best defensive record in Spain but they are unsafe in attack too", he said. "Their full backs are also very risky".

"We know experience is on their side".

"They have very few vulnerabilities, to be honest, there won't be many gaps as they defend as a block, and the game is going to be about being fast and efficient in small spaces but we have the qualities to get through that defence", Payet added. We have to try and impose our style of play and take the game in the direction we want.

"We'll be excited, up for it, but also tense".

But he has full faith in assistant coach German Burgos, and considers his Argentine countryman nearly like a kindred spirit. "What's going through his mind is doubtlessly going through mine".

One thing Marseille do have on their side is experience, with Thauvin and Payet having played in the Premier League while Luiz Gustavo and Adil Rami also have plenty of big matches under their belts. "Our legs, our heads, our hearts".

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