Antoine Griezmann Inspires Atletico Madrid To Europa League Final Victory
17 May, 2018, 01:40 | Author: Hannah Francis
So far, they've won 21 and lost five of their 37 matches thus far.
They are also driven by the desire to win a second European trophy, 25 years since beating AC Milan in the 1993 Champions League final.
Simeone has guided Atletico to a La Liga title and two Champions League finals since taking charge in 2011, and will hope to earn the club a second Europa League crown when they take on Marseille in Wednesday's final.
To do that, they will offer Atletico Madrid a deal worth €115m (£101m), which will be paid across several installments rather than one lump sum, as would be the case if they activated his release clause.
Certainly it is true that there is more to Atletico's style of play than simply being solid and counter-attacking with expansive ball players like Koke and Saul in midfield, and they will be able to take the game to Marseille.
Marseille in turn are now fourth in Ligue 1, again with a single match to play.
The Los Rojiblancos however, have not beaten a French club in France since September 1961, when they won 3-2 at Sedan in the first round of their triumphant European Cup Winners' Cup campaign. "They have had a great run".
Atletico have already assured themselves of a place in next season's Champions League by finishing in the top four of La Liga, but Marseille, now in the Europa League spot in Ligue 1 with one game remaining, would guarantee they join Atletico in Europe's premier club competition by winning the final.
Atleti are the overwhelming favourites going into tonight's game but, odd as it sounds for a cup final, Marseille arguably have more to gain from winning the competition.
The French side this season qualified for the Europa League group stages after eliminating KV Oostende from Belgium and NK Domzale from Slovenia.
Marseille have won only four of their 15 UEFA competition matches against Spanish opposition, losing eight.
He was seen as a minor health doubt for Wednesday's sport after sitting out Marseille's 3-Three draw at Guingamp final week, however he skilled on the eve of the ultimate. "Physically he is in good shape and for him it is important to win a title because he needs it, and that is the only thing that matters to him", veteran midfielder Gabi said ahead of the game.
Officially, there will be 11,500 Marseille fans in the crowd of close to 60,000 in Lyon, but thousands more were expected to travel. It'll be a lovely final. The final for the port city club is a glamor clash and there is a general feeling at there that given the pedigree of Atletico, they go into the game with nothing to lose. "We need to take the game where we want it and do damage where we can".
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