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Atletico's Simeone: Stopping Payet key to EL final win

16 May 2018, 11:06 | Charlene Valdez

Atletico's Simeone: Stopping Payet key to EL final win

Atletico's Simeone: Stopping Payet key to EL final win

Atletico, who will participate in the International Champions Cup in Singapore and play Paris Saint-Germain on July 30 at the National Stadium, are looking to win the Europa League for the third time in nine seasons. Everything we have experienced in these last few years we will remember forever.

Diego Simeone's lads have already booked their place in next season's Champions League having finished at second place in the Spanish La Liga behind Barcelona while Marseille is a point outside Ligue 1 qualifying berths with one game to end the season while a win for the French side would see them book automatic ticket to the Champions League next season. "We are similar teams and it will be quite a tense game", he said. They have appeared in European finals twice since those heady days in 1992, losing in the UEFA Cup final in 1999 and 2004.

The Spanish outfit have appeared in two UEFA Europa League finals and won both of them, in 2010 and 2012.

"We might not be able to play lovely football throughout but the main thing is to score one more goal than them". "That first trophy was the key to everything that came later".

West Ham won't be due a charge from Marseille for Dimitri Payet reaching or doubtlessly profitable the Europa League closing due to an absence of clause in his contract. "Experience is an important factor although it won't completely influence the game", said Simeone at a press conference on Tuesday ahead of the match in the French city of Lyon.

He said: "Twenty-five years ago Marseille became the first French club to win the Champions League and we have another chance to be first forever by becoming the first French club to win the Europa League. They have more experience than us, but it's good for us that it'll be decided over one match, that means anything is possible". "Of course, that's an added source of motivation, and if we do win the final, our names will be written into the club's history books forever".

Atletico have been known for defensive solidity under Diego Simeone but, given the Rojiblancos' quality going forward, Payet believes it is Marseille who may have to adopt a more industrious approach to prevail. "Their coach has done a great job".

Even though their coach will not be encouraging them from the sidelines, the players are ready.

Authorities are preparing for the threat of trouble, with a big rivalry developing in recent years between Marseille and Lyon.

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