February 17, 2019

Marseille players wary of Antoine Griezmann threat in Europa League final

16 May 2018, 02:45 | Anna Jefferson

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Atletico's Griezmann praises coach Simeone, excited for Europa League final

Regardless of the result in the Europa League final, Atletico have already qualified for next season's Champions League, by virtue of finishing in the top four in La Liga.

Los Rojiblancos booked their place in the final with a 2-1 aggregate win over Arsenal.

The draw after 90 minutes is on offer at 11/5.

While Atletico are determined to justify their status as favourites, Griezmann's future has dominated the build-up and he is widely expected to move to Spanish LaLiga champions Barcelona at the end of this campaign.

In the second leg, the hosts took the lead just before half-time through Diego Costa.

Griezmann has managed to win only one trophy with Atletico - the 2014 Spanish Super Cup - and he could hardly have wished for a better finale if this is to be his last action in an Atletico shirt. The Spain worldwide has rediscovered some of his old appetite since his ineffective final days at Chelsea, although form and fitness have been up and down since rejoining Atletico.

It may come as a surprise to Newcastle supporters, but Florian Thauvin has been one of the stars of Marseille's run to the final.

He said: "Experience is a little thing that can help but it's not going to have too much influence".

Atletico's inspirational manager, Diego Simeone, is banned from the touchline in Lyon, thanks to his red card in the first leg of the semi-final at Arsenal.

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

The Spanish side are thus priced at (1.14) to either win or draw.

"Marseille have had a great season, be it in the league or in Europe".

But his Atletico team-mates are confident the 27-year-old is fully focused on leading his side to what would be their third Europa League title since the start of the decade.

You can view all of today's fixtures on The Sportsman, with live scoring during the matches. They've scored a total of 78 league goals (2.1 per game) and conceded 46 (1.2 per game). The Frenchman has been the most prolific provider of goals in the tournament, registering seven assists.

This will be Diego Simeone's fourth major European final since taking charge at Atl├ętico in 2011/12 - the Argentine has lost both of his Champions League finals, however did win his only previous Europa League final in 2011/12.

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