Europa Final:Zidane Backs Marseille To Beat Atletico


Right-back Bouna Sarr has an issue with his shoulder but could be fit, with Hiroki Sakai likely to take his place if not. They've scored on 56 occasions (1.5 per game) and boast the league's best defence having conceded just 20 goals all season (0.5 per game).

Payet is an injury doubt after missing the 3-3 draw with Guingamp, and his absence would be a huge blow. Striker Kostas Mitroglou could miss the match and centre-back Rolando, the goal-scoring hero in the semifinal against RB Salzburg, is struggling with a knock.

Lyon: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed the Europa League as the competition that helped revive his team when he took over a club in decline in 2012 and turned them into one of the most consistent teams in continental football. Whereas Marseille are free-flowing and creative going forward, Atletico are cagey, pragmatic and defensively sound.

"Marseille have had a great season, be it in the league or in Europe". They breezed past Copenhagen and Lokomotiv Moscow, and then came through a tight quarter-finals against Portuguese giants Sporting and edged out Arsenal in the final four. "He will be dictating the pace of his team with his play-making", Simeone said Tuesday at a news conference.

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The Frenchman has been linked with a move to La Liga rivals Barcelona, but Gabi remains hopeful that he will decide to stay in Madrid and fight for more titles. While I think the Spanish side will eventually overcome Marseille, it might be tighter than people think, so I can't get excited about that price. Simeone, who will watch from the stands because of suspension, said: "They have a coach who has so many options at his disposal and a lot of nous". Thauvin had a hugely unimpressive five months on Tyneside at the start of the 2015-16 season, his time at St James' Park best remembered for his arrival at games in a tuxedo. Their last eight matches in all competitions have featured a total of 34 goals. They are used to playing in big European matches.

Marseille have enjoyed a strong campaign at home and overseas this season.

Cameron McGeehan's late equaliser two minutes before managed a last-gasp draw at home for Scunthorpe, following confusion between Rotherham goalkeeper Marek Rodak and defender Michael Ihiekwe, the latter having a game to forget after managing to turn the ball into his own net for Scunthorpe's first.