Payet eases Marseille fitness fears ahead of Europa League final

Marseille's French midfielder Florian Thauvin is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal during their French L1 match against Guingamp

Payet eases Marseille fitness fears ahead of Europa League final

The French side, on the other hand, are looking to win the Europa League for the first time and while they had an easier road to the final, having overcoming Salzburg, they should not be dismissed, especially given the attacking flair offered by Dmitri Payet and Florian Thauvin.

The Europa League final between Atletico Madrid and Marseille will be historic for Atletico who are making their second Europa Cup final at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon. So while Simeone highlighted multiple attacking threats in this Marseille team, he clearly views Payet as the most unsafe. "But I think we have the attacking quality to do so", the France worldwide said.

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. "To win you need to play well, experience helps you know what you need to do on the pitch but in the end it's still a game", he said.

Spaniards Atletico won the competition in 2010 and 2012 and have lost in two Champions League finals since.

Yohann Pele, who has kept goal in the absence of Steve Mandanda, would be unlucky to lose his place, but that is expected as Garcia looks to name the most experienced side he can. We have to try and impose our style of play and take the game in the direction we want. "If we have similarities to them then it's because we're both full of character".

"We'll be excited, up for it, but also tense".

Simeone is known for being very close to his players, but he'll have to keep his distance on Wednesday.

Simeone's sending-off in the first leg of the 2-1 semi-final triumph over Arsenal means he will be suspended for Wednesday's game. Simeone was charged with insulting a match official and improper conduct. "I have faith in German". Simeone went as far as to say their understanding is close to telepathic.

"We know that Atletico stand in our way and that it will be a very hard mission, but that would make it an even greater achievement if we managed to win the trophy". "What's going through his mind is doubtlessly going through mine. I have confidence in him being in charge". They have appeared in European finals twice since those heady days in 1992, losing in the UEFA Cup final in 1999 and 2004.

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