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Garcia determined to help Marseille win 2nd European trophy

Garcia determined to help Marseille win 2nd European trophy

Former West Ham star Payet told the BBC: "We know how tough it is". Fans were upset at this as they were seeing the level of players that PSG were signing compared to them.

Since the start of the 2013-14 campaign, Spanish clubs have won seven of the possible eight Champions League and Europa League trophies combined, with Manchester United's win in this competition last season being the only exception.

Memories of their 1986 3-0 defeat to Dynamo Kiev at the same venue is bound to come rushing back as they square up against their French opponents, Wednesday night.

The final is in the French city of Lyon, so advantage Marseille one might think, except Marseille and Lyon are bitter domestic rivals, and the city is on high alert in case of trouble for its first major European club final.

Bayern are in search of a double this season as they play hosts to Frankfurt in the DFB Cup final this Saturday in Berlin, where a win for Niko Kovac and his charges would book them a spot in the Europa League next term.

The Red Devils went into the encounter knowing fully well that a win will give them an automatic ticket for next season's UEFA Champions League, and they did themselves lots of good by winning the championship for the very first time in their history.

Atletico, who are now second in the La Liga standings with a single match to play this season, are two-time Europa League winners, having tasted victory in 2009/10 and 2011/12.

MEMORABLE MEETING Atletico Madrid have got the better of Marseille once before, this coming back in October 2008.

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.

Griezmann has managed to win only one trophy with Atletico - the 2014 Spanish Super Cup - and he could hardly have wished for a better finale if this is to be his last action in an Atletico shirt.

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. Playing Atletico is a big event for us.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone thinks it will be "a great final" and warned his team of Marseille's risky midfield and attacking players.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid will head into this clash without their coach, Diego Simeone on the touchline, as he continues to serve a four-match ban following his dismissal against Arsenal in the semi-final encounter.

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.


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