Marseille players wary of Antoine Griezmann threat in Europa League final

Tanya Simon
May 16, 2018

However, the France worldwide says they will go into the game with a clear plan to unsettle Diego Simeone's men. Eight months later and Marseille once again stand on the verge of European glory. Meanwhile, the subsequent rise of their domestic and, in PSG's case, most hated rivals has led to Marseille fading into relative obscurity. Marseille got the better of Spanish opponents in their UEFA Intertoto Cup final the following year, defeating Deportivo La Coruña 5-3 on aggregate 0-2 away, 5-1 home.

"This year we're celebrating the 25th anniversary of being the first French side to win the Champions League".

The French side, on the other hand, are looking to win the Europa League for the first time and while they had an easier road to the final, having overcoming Salzburg, they should not be dismissed, especially given the attacking flair offered by Dmitri Payet and Florian Thauvin.

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.

"We know experience is on their side".

It would be a first, and possibly last major medal as an Atletico player for Griezmann, who was raised not far from Lyon but has spent his whole career in Spain.

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It's better to stay calm and not to play the match in our heads ahead of time. "It's been shown before that anything's possible".

He will be expected by many to light up put Marseille to the sword and Payet, his worldwide team-mate with France, knows just how risky the forward is to their hopes, the pair having spearheaded France's run to the Euro 2016 final on home soil. However, he said his team would be in safe hands with his loyal assistant coach German "Mono" Burgos.

"We know that Atletico stand in our way and that it will be a very hard mission, but that would make it an even greater achievement if we managed to win the trophy".

Loyalty is also something that Simeone will be hoping for from striker Antoine Griezmann, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer.

"Experience is a little thing that can help but it's not going to have too much influence. We need to take the game where we want it and do damage where we can".

"We'll be excited, up for it, but also tense".

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