Experience won't help Atletico too much in Europa decider: Simeone
- Author: Julie Sanders May 16, 2018,
May 16, 2018, 22:29
"Experience is an important factor although it won't completely influence the game", he added. "We're also strong on free kicks". We have to try and impose our style of play and take the game in the direction we want.
There were a few surprises in the Atletico squad at the weekend when Simeone fielded a powerful side away to Getafe on Saturday afternoon in a game Atletico had asked to be played 24 hours earlier in order to give them more time to prepare for Wednesday's duel.
He will be expected by many to light up put Marseille to the sword and Payet, his worldwide team-mate with France, knows just how risky the forward is to their hopes, the pair having spearheaded France's run to the Euro 2016 final on home soil.
Of the 14 Europa finals since 2004 we only have one occurrence of the higher placed team in our rankings losing the final in 90 minutes - and that was the closest we've had two teams graded for a final in that time, when Rangers lost to an improving Zenit in 2008. "We haven't had that much time together, but we're linking up well". "The only thing we can hope for is that he has a great final and wins us the trophy".
Marseille goes into the final as underdogs, partly due to that lack of experience in European competitions.
Atletico, who are now second in the La Liga standings with a single match to play this season, are two-time Europa League winners, having tasted victory in 2009/10 and 2011/12. We've proven that we could overcome some steep challenges.
"The fact we played a day earlier against Guingamp is an advantage".
"Today, of course, Atletico are favourites".
Marseille are looking to continue the progress made under coach Rudi Garcia and American owner Frank McCourt, who has invested €118 million ($140 million) in the club since his arrival in late 2016.
The winners of tonight's final don't just take home the Europa League trophy - they will also qualify for next season's Champions League.
Former French International Eric Abidal won 67 caps for his national team. Your best bet is to check who is showing the game in your country, and if they have an online service or iOS/Android app to watch it on. However, winning silverware could be - starting with victory in the Europa League final over Olympique Marseille on Wednesday.
Payet said: "Those who won the Champions League in 1993 are still heroes because nobody else has done it since".