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

Antoine Griezmann's stardust guided Atletico Madrid to a third Europa League title as the Spanish club outclassed Marseille on a memorable night in Lyon

Marseille face a daunting task in Wednesday's showpiece at the Groupama Stadium, with Diego Simeone's men the favourites to lift the trophy in Lyon, Griezmann a substantial reason for that status.

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.

Griezmann's fellow striker Diego Costa believes that Griezmann can write his name into the club folklore by firing Atletico to Cup glory.

"I feel sad that I won't be as close as I'd like to the players but we had this situation before, when German took charge against Arsenal", he said.

He was seen as a minor fitness doubt for Wednesday's game after sitting out Marseille's 3-3 draw at Guingamp last week, but he trained on the eve of the final.

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However, Simeone has worked wonders with Atletico since being appointed in late 2011 and sealing Europa League victory six months later.

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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.

"It is never good to make comparisons".

Atletico have already assured themselves of a place in next season's Champions League by finishing in the top four in La Liga, but Marseille, now in the Europa League spot in Ligue 1 with one game remaining, would guarantee their passage by winning the final. "Experience is important, but not decisive".

Marseille, meanwhile, had to play a qualifying round against KV Oostende and a play-off versus NK Domzale just to reach the group stage of the Europa League after coming fifth in last season's Ligue 1.

Payet added: "Those who won the Champions League in 1993 are still heroes because nobody else has done it since".

"We know that Atletico have the experience". However, two of those wins came in this season's UEFA Europa League round of 16, when they beat Athletic Club home 3-1 and away 2-1, the latter their first success in Spain at the seventh attempt. We all want to follow in the footsteps of our predecessors.

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

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