Europa League Final Preview

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Payet, who returned to Marseille in January 2017 after a successful yet troubled stint at West Ham United, urged his side to make the most of any chances that fall their way against Atletico and said they may have to win ugly.

"Football has given me the opportunity to return to Atletico and fight for titles as a player, and achieving the Europa League trophy would be something special without a doubt", the footballer explained in a question and answer session with Euromision.

Thauvin has been a goal machine for Marseille this season, and he has found the net in six of his last eight appearances.

Boga, who spent this season on-loan at Birmingham City, was born and raised in Marseille before moving to London.

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The French club were also beaten in the showpiece match of the same tournament five years earlier when they were hammered 3-0 by a star-studded Parma lineup, featuring Hernan Crespo and Juan Sebastian Veron.

Since reaching the final, Marseille fans have taunted Lyon and their outspoken president Jean-Michel Aulas with chants of: "We're going to smash up your house". With the suspended Simeone again absent from the touchline in Madrid, Diego Costa netted the decisive victor in first-half stoppage time to book the Spanish club's ticket to Lyon.

Los Colchoneros progressed to the round of 16 as runners-up to Liverpool, while Marseille finished third in the group and were consequently placed in the Europa League's round of 32.

Both teams are in for an epoch-making encounter as Atletico Madrid were the first club to win the UEFA Europa Cup after it was rebranded while Marseille was the first club to be proclaimed UEFA Champions League victor in 1993.

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"We cannot control things like this, all we can do is help him to feel good with us", said Atletico captain Gabi. The Spanish side has also suffered just one defeat. With their financial difficulties seemly behind them, and a solid core to build around, Marseille can use this final to showcase their club.

The statistics know two games between the teams, which took place in the group stage of the Champions League season 2008/2009.

Godin anchors Atletico's watertight backline and embodies like no other player the work ethic and team-first convictions drilled into his players by Simeone.

"OM are a very risky team, particularly in attack". "They have offensive full-backs".

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