Gabi: I hope this isn´t Griezmann´s last final with Atletico

Gabi: I hope this isn´t Griezmann´s last final with Atletico

Marseille captain, Dimitri Payet says his side are motivated to "write their names" in the history books of the club by beating Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final on Wednesday night.

But can Marseille really afford to be without his influence in the centre of the park when it comes to the final?

"They have the experience but we've studied our opponents and we'll know how to take them on", he added.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Rudi Garcia or Diego Simeone?

"We're two similar sides".

"Maybe the best thing for us is that we're taking them on in a single match".

The Ligue 1 side face Atletico Madrid in Lyon in the Europa League final, with a place in the Champions League - the competition that brought both their greatest and darkest hour - up for grabs. We've proven that we could overcome some steep challenges. Playing Atletico is a big event for us.

"Today, of course, Atletico are favourites".

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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Who are the "home" team?

Marseille-born French worldwide Lucas Hernandez starts at left-back rather than Filipe Luis, who is only just back from injury.

Atletico Madrid had former Chelsea striker Diego Costa to thank for getting them to their third Europa League final, as the Spainard scored the decisive victor in first half stoppage time against Arsenal.

Marseille were the first side to win the Champions League when they triumphed in 1993, but they still seek their first Europa League or UEFA Cup title after having lost in the final in 1999 (0-3 vs. Parma) and 2004 (0-2 vs. Valencia).

Les Olympiens are aiming to be the first French team to win a major European competition since 1995-96, when Paris St-Germain beat Rapid Vienna in the Cup Winners' Cup.

The Spanish club continued their European journey this season from Europa League after they finished third in the group stages of the Champions League group third.

They had previously won the Europa League in 2010 and again in 2012, the latter coming just six months after Simeone's appointment.

Payet is "optimistic" he will shake off a minor muscle problem to feature in the game, where Marseille will hope to have a big support behind them.

The Marseille keeper, Steve Mandanda, meanwhile, is the lone player to have appeared in both the legs of the in 2008-2009 Champions League fixture, played between both these teams.

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