Griezmann branded Atletico's 'mister plus' by Europa League final foe Payet

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Spaniards Atletico won the competition in 2010 and 2012 and have lost in two Champions League finals since.

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. Everything we have experienced in these last few years we will remember forever.

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.

He was seen as a minor health doubt for Wednesday's sport after sitting out Marseille's 3-Three draw at Guingamp final week, however he skilled on the eve of the ultimate. "Now we have a fantastic chance to become the first to win the Europa League".

For Atletico, the match is another shot at putting things right in a decider after failing to get over the line in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone is suspended for the match in Lyon after being sent to the stands against Arsenal, so assistant German Burgos will take charge of the team from the sidelines.

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.

Florian Thauvin did not make an impression for his football at Newcastle
Florian Thauvin did not make an impression for his football at Newcastle

Arsene Wenger had hoped to end his Arsenal career with his first European trophy, but Atletico knocked the Gunners out in the last round. "The winning and losing experiences we had in the past will help. 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".

Atletico have been known for defensive solidity under Diego Simeone but, given the Rojiblancos' quality going forward, Payet believes it is Marseille who may have to adopt a more industrious approach to prevail.

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

Even though their coach will not be encouraging them from the sidelines, the players are ready.

Marseille's Dimitri Payet referred to opposition's Antoine Griezmann as "Mister Plus" owing to his high output while scoring and creating goals.

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



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