Atletico, Marseille Brace Up For Epic Europa League Clash

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Atletico have one more fixture this season, however, with Marseille awaiting in the Europa League final at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday night.

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. Instead, a large chunk of the goals come from winger Florian Thauvin - 26 in all competitions - while the rest are shared around. "Tomorrow, everyone will be in shape, but I get the impression that the more games this team plays, the more it is in shape", Garcia explained.

Marseille have not been in a European final since losing the 2004 UEFA Cup to Valencia, and Simeone said his side's superior experience in finals would help his side but would not be decisive.

Atletico, Marseille Brace Up For Epic Europa League Clash
Atletico, Marseille Brace Up For Epic Europa League Clash

While Madrid boasts big-name forwards in Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa, not to mention Fernando Torres and Kevin Gameiro on the bench, Marseille does not have a recognized top-class striker.

They are also driven by the desire to win a second European trophy, just as the club marks 25 years since beating AC Milan in the 1993 Champions League final.

"I want my players be calm".

In many ways Simeone's hard-working side were in their element in the way they dug out a 1-1 draw at the Emirates in London, despite having had Sime Vrsaljko sent off early on, as well as their Argentine coach for complaining - before seeing out a 1-0 victory at home. "If we have similarities to them then it's because we're both full of character".

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

But he has full faith in assistant coach German Burgos, and considers his Argentine countryman nearly like a kindred spirit.

"We know each other a whole life, and we understand football the same way".

"Aside from the sadness that it gives me to not be there from the start in the final, I have a great feeling with German".

The Los Rojiblancos however, have not beaten a French club in France since September 1961, when they won 3-2 at Sedan in the first round of their triumphant European Cup Winners' Cup campaign.

"He will always ask for the best of me and make me do my best, and I'll always be there to help him and help win the games". "Our legs, our heads, our hearts".