Marseilles are chasing history – to become the first French team to win the Europa League but their current form is not too good even though Atletico Madrid have struggled on forays away from the Metropolitano, which could mean a final won by the odd goal.
Atletico are defensively steely and don’t concede very often, while Marseille have Dmitri Payet, who has created seven goals in this season’s tournament. Atletico also have a Frenchman as their own talismanic figure in Antoine Griezmann, who can score and also create.
Rudi Garcia has said he is glad that the final is one-legged while describing Diego Simeone’s as one full of character. For the absent Simeone, because of a UEFA touchline ban, “the Europa League is the Europa League and the Champions League is the Champions League and winning a trophy is winning a trophy.”
Both teams need this trophy but who desires it the most?
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