Europa League final: Atletico mindful of painful finals ahead of Marseille showdown

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Though the main prize for winning the Europa League is a place in next season's Champions League, Marseille coach Rudi Garcia is still keen to chase the history of becoming the first French side to lift the trophy.

Atletico Madrid had former Chelsea striker Diego Costa to thank for getting them to their third Europa League final, as the Spainard scored the decisive victor in first half stoppage time against Arsenal.

Marseille is regarded as a historic club in the football books of France and this would be only their third Europa League Final appearance and their wait for a first win in this tournament is still on. "We need to take the game where we want it and do damage where we can".

Our coverage of the 2017/2018 UEFA Europa league ends tonight as Atletico Madrid face Olympique Marseille in the finals.

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Marseille dominated the opening stages but gifted Atletico the lead when Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa failed to control goalkeeper Steve Mandanda's pass out and Gabi intercepted before setting Griezmann free to score in the 21st minute.

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Four minutes in, Valere Germain almost gave Marseille a dream start.

OM needed to take the game to Atletico in the second half, but instead they conceded again just four minutes after the restart.

The 31-year-old, who should be fit after a minor knock last weekend, said: "We have seen a lot throughout the European course". Simeone needs to improve on his record in finals, but his approach will be difference because the expectation is now on his shoulders.

Florian Thauvin might be Marseille's main goal threat this season - he scored their opener in the first leg of the semi-final against Salzburg - but Payet is the most likely to strike fear into the Spaniards.

If he is to move on and swap Madrid for Catalonia then what better way to sign off than by helping his current employers secure another piece of European silverware, and although Marseille will provide a test it looks as if this game will go in one direction, that being an Atletico win. "Of course their free kicks and corners are unsafe, but they have many more weapons". However, he said his team would be in safe hands with his loyal assistant coach German "Mono" Burgos. They are used to playing in big European matches. "I have complete confidence in him". "We've known each other for almost all our lives, we have the same vision of football so whatever I'm thinking, he is thinking the same".

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