Atletico Madrid vs Marseille: The coaches

Atletico Madrid vs Marseille: The coaches

As both Atlético Madrid and Marseille look forward to locking horns in the UEFA Europa League 2018 Final, let us have a look at the preview of this much-awaited clash.

Previously, NAIJ.com had reported how Premier League giants Manchester United won the 2016/2017 Europa League title after beating Dutch side Ajax 2-0 on Wednesday night, May 24, 2017 in Stockholm.

"We're two similar sides".

"We have the chance to play at home - in our country - with a national fervour".

Atletico are playing in their third European final in five years, having lost the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016, after winning the Europa League under his guidance in 2012. He was replaced by Maxime Lopez, and with France's World Cup roster due to be unveiled, Payet had bigger concerns beyond the final as he limped off.

"No French side have ever won this trophy; it would be fantastic if we could be the first", he added.

Atletico Madrid beat Arsenal on their way to Lyon with former Chelsea striker Diego Costa haunting the Gunners in the semi-finals, as Marseille downed Red Bull Salzburg. "It will be a tense game with a lot of friction". [Marseille] are an offensive team, they work very well. It'll certainly be a tough game.

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Even so, Marseille were agonisingly close to dragging themselves back into the match when a header from Kostas Mitroglou hit the inside of the post and bounced across the face of Oblak's goal to safety. "And here we are".

Despite a hugely impressive season from Florian Thauvin, who has been reborn under Garcia and scored 22 league goals with 11 assists, plus France star Dimitri Payet, Marseille would still need to overhaul Lyon on the final day of Ligue 1 to reach the Champions League via the domestic route. This final is also a Kovac's last game as coach of the Eagles as he will be heading to Munich to be Heynckes' successor next season.

Who are the "home" team?

Griezmann has been heavily linked with a big-money move to Barcelona in the summer and he looked to have delivered the flawless parting gift when his side hoisted the Europa League trophy at the Groupama Stadium. The second-placed team will automatically earn a spot in group stage of next season's Champions League, while the third will go through qualifiers. Live streaming is available on Fox Sports Go, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscription, either online or through their app.

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