Atletico, Marseille Brace Up For Epic Europa League Clash

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

Europa League - Follow the Football match between Olympique de Marseille and Atlético Madrid live with Eurosport.

Griezmann has only won the Spanish Super Cup since joining Diego Simeone's side four years ago, featuring in the team that lost on penalties to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in 2016.

They also won La Liga in 2014 and Simeone hopes to make use of those experiences against the French side tonight, but he concedes they will not make a huge difference.

"I see him very good, physically very good, focused in this game, because it is very important for him to win a title". We're feeling lots of emotions, but also humility.

With Atleti's player still celebrating their final goal of the night, Diego Simeone finally summoned his last substitute from the bench. It'll be a really great final.

Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak 6, Sime Vrsaljko 5, Jose Gimenez 7, Diego Godin 7, Lucas Hernandez 7, Angel Correa 7, Gabi 7, Saul Niguez 7, Koke 7, Antoine Griezmann 9, Diego Costa 7.

Marseille-born French global Lucas Hernandez starts at left-back rather than Filipe Luis, who is only just back from injury.

Speaking to the media Tuesday evening, Marseille's manager Rudi Garcia said his team "have a pretty small chance of winning but we are going to give it our all". We've proven that we could overcome some steep challenges.

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Marseille failed to win in their last Ligue 1 game as they played a 3-3 draw with Guingamp which dealt a blow to their chase of finishing in the second place to qualify for the Champions League.

However, the club's biggest moment was tainted after it was alleged that players from struggling Valenciennes - who played Marseille the week before the Milan clash - had been asked by then-OM president Bernard Tapie to "go easy" in order to reduce the risk of his players picking up an injury.

"This is the 25th anniversary of the only win of a French team in the Champions League".

Fernando Torres says Atletico Madrid's victory in the Europa League final on Wednesday represented the realisation of a childhood dream.

This will be the first meeting between Marseille and Atletico Madrid in European competition since 2008-09, when the Spaniards went unbeaten against them in the Champions League group stage (W1 D1).

The latter has been especially dominant in Europa League play this season, tallying three goals and seven assists in just 11 Europe appearances. "We still have two games to play for everything, so we're getting ready for that".

They'll face something of a surprise opponent there in Marseille, but don't think the French club will have any sort of home advantage here - there's been no love lost between their fans and those from Lyon in recent years.