Europa League final preview: Marseille vs Atletico

Europa League By: Uche Duru | 16/05/2018

Marseille and Atletico Madrid will be battling it out in the finals of the UEFA Europa League on Wednesday at Lyon.

No French team has ever won the Europa League, and Atletico Madrid will be doing everything within their power to make sure Marseille don’t change that on Thursday morning.

The pair will battle in Lyon with a coveted piece of silverware on the line, and two star-studded strike forces will be on hand in what shapes as an exciting attack-fuelled contest.

Atletico come into the clash as favourites on the back of a slender semi-final victory over Arsenal, although will have to do without the influence of manager Diego Simeone who continues to serve a touchline ban.

Team News:

Olympique Marseille's central defender, Rolando is still suffering from a knock and might be overlooked for a starting berth. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis is back from injury and Atletico have a near full-strength squad to select from.

Head to Head:

In the two games played by both clubs, Atletico Madrid have won 1 and drawn one. That is to say that, Marseille have never recorded a win against the Spanish side.

Recent Form:

In their last 10 games, Atletico Marid have recorded the result as follows (WLWWDDLWLD) - Four wins, three draws and three losses.

While Marseille have recorded as follows: DWLDWWWWDL - Five wins, three draws, and two losses.

Managers Quote:

Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid):

"Head forward, I don’t see or hear anything but the final"

"Everything is set up for a great final. [Marseille have] been improving and they have a coach who has so many options at his disposal and a lot of nous. They're very dangerous, particularly in midfield and attack. It'll certainly be a tough game. As soon as we got knocked out of the Champions League, we immediately embraced this competition. Being widely billed as contenders to reach the final heightened our sense of duty and responsibility. And here we are."

Rudi Garcia (Marseille)

"We have a pretty small chance of winning but we are going to give it our all. Playing Atlético is a big event for us. This is a club who have played two Champions League finals in the past four years, a club that won the Europa League not long ago. But a final at home in France is a fantastic opportunity. No French side have ever won this trophy; it would be fantastic if we could be the first."