Marseille v Atletico Madrid

Marseille v Atletico Madrid
Former West Ham midfielder Payet has scored 10 goals for Marseille this season

Marseille captain Dimitri Payet wants his side to “write their names” in the history books by beating Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final.

The French side reached their first European final since 2005, when they lost in the Uefa Cup to Valencia.

Spaniards Atletico won the competition in 2010 and 2012, and have lost in two Champions League finals since.

“We believe against Atletico because this season has shown that we are a real team,” said Payet.

The former West Ham midfielder set up both goals to inspire his side to victory over Red Bull Salzburg in the semi-finals, while Atletico edged past Premier League side Arsenal.

Payet added: “Those who won the Champions League in 1993 are still heroes because nobody else has done it since.

“We know how tough it is. Of course, that is an added source of motivation, and if we do win the final, our names will be written into the club’s history books forever.”

Atletico boss Diego Simeone is suspended for the match in Lyon after being sent to the stands against Arsenal, so assistant German Burgos will take charge of the team from the sidelines.

“It was the same thing against Arsenal, when German was in charge of the side,” said Simeone.

“I feel sad at not being there, but we have known each other for a lifetime and we understand football in the same way. I have confidence in him being in charge.”

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, currently 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.

Team News

Atletico defender Filipe Luis has been named in the squad after recovering from a broken ankle, while winger Vitolo is also available after a hamstring complaint.

Marseille manager Rudi Garcia is also expecting to have a full-strength squad at his disposal, despite concerns over Payet (thigh), Rolando (calf), Kostas Mitroglou (hamstring) and Bouna Sarr (dislocated shoulder).

Analysis – ‘Marseille can surprise Atletico’

Julien Laurens, European football writer

Marseille seem really chilled, the pressure is on Atletico Madrid and rightly so. Marseille have amazed everyone, they have defied the odds all season. They have had a domestic season that is pretty good and no-one expected them to go this far in the Europa League. They can surprise Atletico, and I really believe Atletico can’t take them lightly or they could be in for an upset,

Match facts

  • 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).
  • Les Olympiens are aiming to be the first French team to win a major European competition since 1995-96, when Paris St-Germain beat Rapid Vienna in the Cup Winners’ Cup.
  • This will be Diego Simeone’s fourth major European final since taking charge at Atletico in 2011-12 – the Argentine has lost both of his Champions League finals, but did win his only previous Europa League final in 2011-12.
  • Since the start of the 2013-14 campaign, Spanish clubs have won seven of the possible eight Champions League and Europa League trophies combined, with Manchester United’s win in this competition last season being the only exception.
  • In games played away from their home ground – the Orange Velodrome – Marseille have kept just one clean sheet in 16 games in the Europa League.
  • Dimitri Payet has made seven assists in 11 appearances in the Europa League this term; the most of any player in the competition.
  • Antoine Griezmann has had a hand in more goals than any other Atletico Madrid player in European competition this season (10 – six goals and four assists), including a goal and an assist in their 2-1 aggregate win over Arsenal in the semi-finals.
  • No team has been shown more yellow cards (30) or red cards (3) than Marseille in this season’s Europa League.

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