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Atletico's Griezmann praises coach Simeone, excited for Europa League final

16 May 2018, 02:46 | Joan Schultz

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

Marseille is the only French side to have won the Champions League in 1993, but since then has lost twice in the UEFA Cup final, as the Europa League was formerly known.

Another fine opening display set Atleti firmly on the path to the quarter-finals as they took a 3-0 lead in the first leg, Koke giving the scoreline a convincing gloss in the last minute after Saul Niguez and Diego Costa had found the net.

Mandanda warned Griezmann isn't Atletico's only threat, however. Containing Griezmann and Diego Costa will be a tall order.

Atletico Madrid is second in the La Liga table and won their last domestic league game against Getafe and with one game to end the season, they have already booked their place for next season's Champions League. He has developed a squad that has extraordinary mental strength, but now the pressure is on them again in a European final, and this time they are favourites.

If so, he wil have a demanding task, monitoring Florian Thauvin's incursions from the right of Marseille's attack.

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Things were a little more complex for Rudi García's side in the second leg, however.

The Spanish side are thus priced at (1.14) to either win or draw. In League One, they finished five points behind the Millers, suffering losses both home and away this league season.

In the Europa League, he has conceded only four goals while keeping four clean sheets in eight matches.

Les Olympiens sit fourth in Ligue 1 with just one game left of the season. The match will be held today, may 16, at 21.45 Kyiv time. They've scored a total of 78 league goals (2.1 per game) and conceded 46 (1.2 per game).

Follow live updates from the game below beginning at game time.

Atletico, who are now second in the La Liga standings with a single match to play this season, are two-time Europa League winners, having tasted victory in 2009/10 and 2011/12. His marker on Wednesday is another who has travelled widely, the France global Adil Rami, formerly of Valencia, AC Milan and Sevilla, where he won a Europa League in 2016. Striker Kostas Mitroglou could miss the match and centre-back Rolando, the goal-scoring hero in the semifinal against RB Salzburg, is struggling with a knock. Bouna Sarr dislocated his should in the semi-finals but is expected to be fit.

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