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On 16 May, Olympique Marseille and Atletico Madrid will play for the title in the Europa League Final 2018. In Lyon, France, this explosive final will take place on Wednesday. For Marseille, winning the title in the stadium of their tough rival Olympique Lyon would be something special, of course. This is the third final in this competition. The first two they denied, however, as the Europa League was still Uefa Cup. Atlético, on the other hand, has already won the Europa League twice, namely in 2010 and 2012. A European final always promises an interesting starting position, as the two finalists usually do not meet regularly. That’s why a Europa League final tip is much harder to place successfully. That’s why I chose to bet on the number of goals in this article.
Atlético has lost just once in their last five games against Espanyol at home. In the 0-2 defeat, however, many regular players were not involved. Probably because the game was played three days after the successful semi-final second leg against Arsenal. In the 1-0 victory against the Gunners the greatest strength of Atlético was revealed, their terrific defensive. During 90 minutes, the Spaniards had to allow only a shot at their own goal. So it is not surprising that the last three wins were all collected without conceding a goal. They played 1: 0 three times against Alaves and Getafe in the league and against Arsenal in the Europa League. For Atlético, the title in this competition would mean a nice end to this season, which will probably finish second in the domestic league.
The final participation was secured as already mentioned against Arsenal. This although Atlético had to act in the first leg over 80 minutes outnumbered and coach Simeone was sent to the stands. In the first leg they were able to say goodbye to goalkeeper Oblak and the final weakness of the opponent with a 1-1 draw from the game. Not less than 29 shots, eight of them on goal, had to accept the team from Madrid. Since Griezmann could exploit a rough blunder of the Gunners’ back team in the 82nd minute, Atletico Madrid went into the return leg as a favorite. They lived up to this role and deservedly won 1-0 and 2-1 overall. For Atletico this is the second European final in the last three years. In 2016 they lost the final of the Champions League against Real Madrid with 2: 1 after extra time.
Overall, the team of Diego Simeone conceded only three goals in the eight knockout games.
Simeone has created a defensive bastion and a mentality that is difficult to overcome. Characteristic of this was the performance of Griezmann in the semi-final first leg against Arsenal. Players of his offensive quality are generally not known for defensive effort. But how he played a defensive role was very impressive. Because of his additional Torgefahr, he is one of the most important players at Atlético. Overall, he has scored four goals in the Europa League and 19 in the Spanish League. On the defensive, especially Diego Godin and Jan Oblak stand out.
Marseille’s last five games did not go as desired. At the weekend they played away against Guingamp only 3: 3. Before that, the southern French defeated Nice in a direct duel for a European place 2-1. Above all, the result against Guingamp must not be overstated. The Olympique players were probably already in the final with their heads. In addition, missing with Dimitri Payet one of the key players of the team. However, OM will be annoyed by the draw, and Marseille are likely to take chances for third place and thus for Champions League participation. The title in the Europa League will probably be the last chance to reach the premier class yet.
Marseilles way in the Europa League was long. They were already in the third qualifying round. There the squad of Rudi Garcia defeated Odende. The group finished the French behind the later semi-final opponent Salzburg in second place. With eight points from six games, the yield was rather meager. In the six games they only scored four goals. In the knockout phase OM eliminated the teams Braga, Bilbao, Leipzig and Salzburg. Special highlight was the 5: 2 success home against RB Leipzig. Marseille had more trouble against Salzburg in the semi-finals. If the French won the home game 2-0, they gambled away this mortgage in the second leg. Only in extra time, Olympique de Marseille secured the final. The final goal scored the French after a corner, this was falsely whistled. Accordingly, the excitement was great with the Austrians after the game. The two key players for Marseille are Payet and Thauvin. Florian Thauvin scored three goals and two assists in the Europa League – scoring 22 goals in the league. Payet also met three times in the current competition. In addition, he has eight assists to book. Will Marseille get the title, these two must call a top performance.
Marseille vs Atl. Madrid head to head matches
09.12.08 CL Marseille Atl. Madrid 0 : 0
01.10.08 CL Atl. Madrid Marseille 2 : 1