Europa League Final: Marseille vs Atletico Madrid - Three Things to Look Forward to

Ligue 1 side, Marseille, and La Liga giants, Atletico Madrid, face off in the final of the 2017-18 UEFA Europa League, tonight, at the Groupama Stadium near Lyon, France. 


Marseille didn't fare well over the weekend, as Guingamp held them to a 3-3 draw in French first division. Atletico, on the other hand, secured second place in the La Liga with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Getafe. 


With both teams playing to salvage their season, we are in for an exciting final. And here, we look at three things to look forward to ahead of the 12:15 AM kickoff.  

3. Marseille Will Play for History

Reaching the Europa League final is no mean feat. It takes an immense amount of dedication and quality to reach the very top, and the Ligue 1outfit have shown plenty of both. They overcame Athletic Bilbao, RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg to book a place in the final, and they don't intend to stop, just yet. 


Marseille captain, Dimitri Payet, who helped his team get past Salzburg registering two assists, will once again be the player to look out for. This is their first European final since 2005 and they will do everything to end the season with a silverware. 

2. Atletico are the Favourites

Atletico Madrid have plenty of experience in the tournament with the Los Rojiblancos lifting the Cup in 2010 and 2012, but have lost two Champions League finals in the middle. 


However, on both occasions, Atletico were the obvious underdogs against their mighty neighbours, Real. This time expect them to take control of things from the off. Coach Diego Simeone is suspended for the match after being sent to the stands against Arsenal, so assistant German Burgos will take charge of the team from the sidelines. 


The men on the pitch won't care about the man on the sidelines, as they will look to make amends for a rather underwhelming campaign. 

1. Spaniards Just Might Nick it

Cup finals are always a special occasion, you can't never really predict a clear winner. Atletico Madrid, on paper, look to be the stronger of the two. They have more experience handling the pressure a cup final brings and the composure to keep pushing until the very end. 


Marseille, on the other hand, will have a bonus incentive heading into the match. They currently are toiling in a Europa Cup spot, and winning against Atletico would guarantee Champions League football for next season. The odds are certainly against them, but they sure have plenty of quality to cause an upset.