Marseille v Atletico Madrid: Europa League Final previewMay 16, 2018
Atletico Madrid have arrived in Lyon for the Europa League final, with victory in Wednesday’s showcase resulting in the club lifting the trophy for a third time.
Stade des Lumieres, Lyon / 19:45 GMT / 16th May 2018
Atleti go in to the final as strong favourites, having eased their way through the competition following their exit from the Champions League group stages. Los Colchoneros had arguably the trickier route to the final, overcoming strong European sides such as Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal.
Marseille, who currently sit in fourth position in Ligue 1, maintained an unbeaten record in all home matches in the competition, however won just the one away game, suffering five defeats on the road.
Rudi Garcia could be without defender Rolando, who is a doubt with a calf problem. Les Olympiens look set to welcome back Konstantinos Mitroglou however, with the Greek striker returning from a thigh injury and Steve Mandanda, who was sent off in the sides 3-3 draw on Friday evening against Guingamp, also available.
Diego Simeone has a full squad available for the match. Vitolo was absent from the squad list against Getafe after suffering a hamstring injury, but has been selected for Wednesday’s final. Felipe Luis, who this week has been announced in the Brazil 32-man squad for the World Cup, has recently returned for the side on league duty after fracturing his foot.
With Fernando Torres in his last week as an Atletico player, as well as Antoine Griezmann’s move to Barcelona continuing to feature on news channels, both strikers will be looking at finally lifting a major trophy for the club. Griezmann has only lifted the Supercopa in his four years at the club, with Torres winning just the Segunda Division during his two spells with his boyhood team.
Marseille: Pele; Sakai, Rami, Luiz Gustavo, Amavi; Zambo Anguissa, Sanson, Thauvin, Payet; Sarr, Mitroglou
Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Godin, Lucas; Koke, Saul, Gabi, Correa; Griezmann, D. Costa