Europa League: Atletico Madrid go from rebels to favorites against Marseille

Europa League: Atletico Madrid go from rebels to favorites against Marseille

A strong Atletico side, with a formidable defence and an attack spearheaded by Antoine Griezmann, are the favourites, having won the Europa League twice in the last decade and also narrowly lost two Champions League finals to Real Madrid, in 2014 and 2016.

West Ham will not be due a fee from Marseille for Dimitri Payet reaching or potentially winning the Europa League final because of a lack of clause in his contract.

"He's capable of making the difference at any given moment and we'll have to keep an eye on him the way you would on your milk if you were boiling it". "This is my eighth final with Atleti and I think the team is really motivated, we need to win".

"They are a risky side going forward and Payet will dictate the rhythm". 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.

Marcel: took second place in their Europa League group behind Salzburg, and ahead of the Portuguese and Turkish gimaraesh Konyaspor, and then in the playoffs went the Portuguese Braga, the Spanish athletic, German Leipzig and the same Salzburg.

While often criticized as being dour and aggressive, they have gone from a stuttering, underachieving side to one who are able to hold that own against Europe's best but it is doubtful whether that will be enough to convince Griezmann to stay. "That first trophy was the key to everything that came later".

He said: "Twenty-five years ago Marseille became the first French club to win the Champions League and we have another chance to be first forever by becoming the first French club to win the Europa League".

"We know experience is on their side. 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".

"They are a big club, a super team with great players and a great coach".

The Los Rojiblancos however, have not beaten a French club in France since September 1961, when they won 3-2 at Sedan in the first round of their triumphant European Cup Winners' Cup campaign. "He scores goals and creates them", Payet told a media conference on Tuesday.

Authorities are preparing for the threat of trouble, with a big rivalry developing in recent years between Marseille and Lyon.