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Gab Wants Griezmann to Stay at Atletico Beyond EL Final

16 Mai 2018

The Spanish side will be playing in their second Europa League final under Simeone this evening as they face Marseille in Lyon.

Nothing we've seen has dented our confidence that this is still the case as Diego Simeone's side make the trip to Lyon for the final. "We're also strong on free kicks".

"They have the experience but we've studied our opponents and we'll know how to take them on", he said.

Garcia has changed his tactics from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1, which has benefited former Premier League stars Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin.

However, should they prevail over Atletico, Marseille can go into next season boasting an astute coach getting the most out of a talented squad, financial backing and a spot in Europe's most prestigious competition.

The upshot of their relative routes to Lyon is that these two sides occupy quite different standings in the European game.

"He identifies every player's weaknesses and tries to improve them, making you a more complete player. It'll be a great final".

"The Champions League is one thing and the Europa League another", said Simeone, who will serve a touchline ban on Wednesday after being sent to the stands against Arsenal in the semi-finals. However, he said his team would be in safe hands with his loyal assistant coach German "Mono" Burgos. "We think the same and have worked together for so long". As well as the trophy the winners also qualify for next season's Champions League.

Marseille has cemented its fourth position in the Ligue 1, with one match yet to be played, and a third position finish still being a great possibility.

Captain Payet is going all out for victory in both games and hopes his team can draw strength against Atletico from the fact the game is in France. We've proven that we could overcome some steep challenges.

"He is a very important player for us and he could play in any team in the world".

Payet is "optimistic" he will shake off a minor muscle problem to feature in the game, where Marseille will hope to have a big support behind them. They both play for France, so they play at a very high level. Of course we feel the 12th man.

"We are lucky to be at Marseille, a club with a love affair with European competitions that goes back to the 1990s, and we are all eager to follow in the footsteps of our illustrious predecessors", Garcia said.

Gab Wants Griezmann to Stay at Atletico Beyond EL Final