Europa League Final: Diego Simeone warns Atletico Madrid of Dimitri Payet threat

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

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

Mandanda warned Griezmann isn't Atletico's only threat, however.

This will be the first meeting between Marseille and Atlético Madrid in European competition since 2008/09, when the Spaniards went unbeaten against them in the Champions League group stage (W1 D1).

Fernando Torres claims that the knowledge of competing with Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final has minimised the feelings of "knowing that my career is over". 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.

After being held to a goalless draw at Roma in their opening fixture and following that result with a 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea, Atleti's trip to Qarabag was a must-win fixture for Simeone's men.

Marseille is the only French side to have won the Champions League in 1993, but since then has lost twice in the UEFA Cup final, as the Europa League was formerly known. 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.

Or alternatively give his side the rest they need, not just in view of the World Cup next month, but also accounting for an injuries picked up in 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.

You can view all of today's fixtures on The Sportsman, with live scoring during the matches. If you combine Thauvin's performances in Ligue 1 and the Europa League, he has scored 25 goals and set up 13 more.

This will be Diego Simeone's fourth major European final since taking charge at Atlético 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. Centre-back Rolando and striker Kostas Mitroglou are also racing against time to prove their fitness.

Jose Gimenez and Vitolo have been included in the squad but neither is 100% fit, while the vastly-experienced Juanfran may be selected at right-back ahead of the returning Vrsaljko. Playing Atletico is a big event for us. "Physically he is in good shape and for him it is important to win a title because he needs it, and that is the only thing that matters to him", said veteran midfielder Gabi.

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