UEFA Europa League Final Preview – Marseille v Atletico Madrid
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Tonight it’s the first of UEFA’s showpiece European finals as two of the continent’s most decorated clubs, Marseille and Atletico Madrid, go head-to-head in Lyon.
Who will come out on top at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais?
Marseille’s route to the final
Group Stage: Group I runners-up
Round of 32: Won 3-1 on aggregate v Braga
Round of 16: Won 5-2 on aggregate v Athletic Bilbao
Quarter Finals: Won 5-3 on aggregate v RB Leipzig
Semi-Finals: Won 3-2 on aggregate v Red Bull Salzburg
Atletico Madrid’s route to the final
Group Stage: N/A – entered at Round of 32 after Champions League elimination
Round of 32: Won 5-1 on aggregate v FC Copenhagen
Round of 16: Won 8-1 on aggregate v Lokomotiv Moscow
Quarter Finals: Won 2-1 on aggregate v Sporting CP
Semi-Finals: Won 2-1 on aggregate v Arsenal
Marseille look to have the luxury of a full squad to pick from with Payet, Sarr, Mitroglou and Rolando expected to all be fit in time for kick off.
Atletico have been handed a boost with the news that Brazilian defender Filipe Luis is available for selection after recovering from a broken ankle. Winger Vitolo could also be named in Diego Simeone’s squad after shaking off a hamstring injury.
Marseille – who only finished fifth in Ligue 1 last season – have been a massive surprise package in this season’s Europa League and their path to the final shows they have plenty of firepower to trouble the famously mean Atleti defence. Playing at a ground they will be very familiar with domestically might also play in to their hands.
However, with years of Champions League experience behind them, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid were probably expecting a trip to Kiev rather than Lyon at the start of this campaign and have shown their ruthless streak in the knockout stages.
They unsurprisingly start as heavy favourites here, and should have the gameplan to nullify Marseille’s attacking threat and steal a narrow win to take the Europa League trophy back to Spanish soil.
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