Marseille players wary of Antoine Griezmann threat in Europa League final


Antoine Griezmann's uncertain future has threatened to overshadow Atletico Madrid's preparations for the Europa League final and all eyes will be on the forward when his side take on Marseille today.

Diego Simeone's lads have already booked their place in next season's Champions League having finished at second place in the Spanish La Liga behind Barcelona while Marseille is a point outside Ligue 1 qualifying berths with one game to end the season while a win for the French side would see them book automatic ticket to the Champions League next season. Instead, a large chunk of the goals come from winger Florian Thauvin - 26 in all competitions - while the rest are shared around. "He will always ask for the best of me and make me do my best, and I will always be there to help him and help win the games", the French worldwide added. "Experience is an important factor although it won't completely influence the game", said Simeone at a press conference on Tuesday ahead of the match in the French city of Lyon. Griezmann and Diego Costa will form an experienced attack that Simeone will hope can wreak havoc among the Marseille backline and deliver a trophy as a parting gift, if he is indeed to leave.

"This year we're celebrating the 25th anniversary of being the first French side to win the Champions League".

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"I want my players be calm".

"They can play in different ways", Simeone said. "The winning and losing experiences we had in the past will help".

"They have very few vulnerabilities, to be honest, there won't be many gaps as they defend as a block, and the game is going to be about being fast and efficient in small spaces but we have the qualities to get through that defence", Payet added. "We're also strong on free kicks". "I have faith in German".

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"I feel sad at not being there, but we have known each other for a lifetime and we understand football in the same way". "What's going through his mind is doubtlessly going through mine".

Even though their coach will not be encouraging them from the sidelines, the players are ready.

The 37-times capped France playmaker's fitness has been the biggest concern for Marseille fans in recent days, and they will have been pleased to hear him say he is fine after a minor muscle injury prevented him from playing in their last league game.

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"We'll give everything to win", center half Diego Godin said.