Spanish club Atletico Madrid and French side, Marseille face off in the Europa League final on Wednesday with both boasting notable European pedigree.
Atletico Madrid 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.
Head to Head :
Wednesday’s final will be just the third time the two sides have faced one another. Both of their previous encounters came in the 2008/09 Champions League group stage. Atletico ran out 2-1 winners at the Vicente Calderón Stadium but were held to a goalless draw in the reverse fixture.
Los Colchoneros progressed to the round of 16 as runners-up to Liverpool, while Marseille finished third in the group and were consequently placed in the Europa League’s round of 32.
Marseille and Atletico Madrid meet at Parc Olympique Lyonnais with kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm BST on Wednesday, May 16.
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The French club sit fourth in Ligue 1 with just one game left of the season. So far, they’ve won 21 and lost five of their 37 matches thus far. They’ve scored a total of 78 league goals (2.1 per game) and conceded 46 (1.2 per game).
Marseille have won seven and lost five of their 14 Europa League games. They’ve scored 20 times (1.4 per game) and conceded 11 times (0.8 per game) while playing in Europe this year.
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Atletico are on course for a second-place finish in La Liga with 23 wins and five losses from 37 games. They’ve scored on 56 occasions (1.5 per game) and boast the league’s best defense having conceded just 20 goals all season (0.5 per game).
Los Colchoneros, who qualified for the Europa League via a third-placed finish in the Champions League group stage, have won six and lost one of their eight games played in the competition. They’ve scored a total of 17 goals (2.1 per game) and conceded four (0.5 per game).
Marseille starting XI: Mandanda; Sarr, Rami, Luiz Gustavo, Amavi; Sanson, Lopez ; Thauvin, Payet, Ocampos; Germain
Atletico Madrid starting XI: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Godin, Lucas; Koke, Saul Niguez, Gabi, Correa; Griezmann, Costa
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