Atletico coach Simeone expects great Europa League final against Marseille

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Atletico coach Diego Simeone identified the France global as the brains behind Marseille's attack and the man his side will need to stop as they target a first trophy since 2014.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone thinks it will be "a great final" and warned his team of Marseille's risky midfield and attacking players.

"Experience is an important factor but it doesn't completely influence the play. We're also strong on free kicks".

"We all want to imitate what our famous predecessors did and we know that it is going to be very hard". This will also be their fifth European final in that time, two Champions League final losses to rivals Real Madrid the blemishes. "The two teams are similar in terms of play, we are both very direct, and in terms of hope and enthusiasm so it will be a great final".

"Whenever we come to these situations we need to approach it with humility, hard work. It'll be a great final".

The French side are competing in their first European final since 2005 and go into tonight's match as the big underdogs. We've proven that we could overcome some steep challenges. "We're going to have to be very efficient because a team likes this does not give you many chances".

Boga, who spent this season on-loan at Birmingham City, was born and raised in Marseille before moving to London.

Before the aforementioned matches kick-off this evening, in the Swedish Allsvenskan, table-toppers Hammarby take on Malmö FF. Hammarby can use their game in hand over second-place AIK to extend their lead at the top of the league table to six points.

Atletico Madrid have won the UEFA Europa League final two times, in 2010 and 2012.

Les Olympiens are aiming to be the first French team to win a major European competition since 1995-96, when Paris St-Germain beat Rapid Vienna in the Cup Winners' Cup.

West Ham will not be due a fee from Marseille for Dimitri Payet reaching or potentially winning the Europa League final because of a lack of clause in his contract.

The team bounced back 1-0 in the next match against Getafe CF, gaining back momentum right before the title-deciding Europa League Final.

The French side this season qualified for the Europa League group stages after eliminating KV Oostende from Belgium and NK Domzale from Slovenia. Those who won the Champions League in 1993 are still heroes because nobody else has done it since.

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