The upshot of their relative routes to Lyon is that these two sides occupy quite different standings in the European game. Marseille are an exciting and capable team, but they face a challenge on Wednesday to beat an Atleti side who could arguably hold their own against anyone else in Europe.
Certainly Simeone's charges boast one of the best defences on the continent, and Marseille will need their attacking stars—the likes of Dimitri Payet, Florian Thauvin and Lucas Ocampos—to be at their best if they are to find the net. Per Goal's Joe Wright, there has been some concern that Payet, who has provided seven assists and netted three goals in the Europa League this season, could be a doubt for the final, but he said he is "confident" of returning to fitness in time following a muscle complaint. For Marseille's sake, he better be right, as manager Rudi Garcia will need his best XI on the pitch in Lyon.Not only do Atleti boast a solid defence, they also have Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa in attack, two players capable of taking advantage of even the slimmest of chances. Marseille go into Wednesday's clash as underdogs. Atleti are a Champions League pedigree side who have plenty of trophy-winning experience in their squad. That cannot be said for Marseille, who will need to produce their best performance of the season if they are to win the Europa League.
Atletico Madrid and Marseille face off in the Europa League final on Wednesday with both boasting notable European pedigree. Diego Simeone's side won the first ever Europa League in 2010, while the Ligue 1 outfit triumphed in the maiden Champions League campaign back in 1992-93. 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. Premier League fans will remember Marseille talisman Dimitri Payet from his days at West Ham, but they also have former Newcastle man Florian Thauvin and one-time Spurs player Clinton N'Jie.