A major trophy, but for Marseille even more.
"We can't wait for the final to come around", fullback Juanfran told Radio Marca as Atletico target a first trophy since 2014, when they won La Liga. So while Simeone highlighted multiple attacking threats in this Marseille team, he clearly views Payet as the most risky.
He said: "They can play in different ways". "Of course their free kicks and corners are unsafe, but they have many more weapons". In Lyon, France, French club Marseille takes on Atletico Madrid.
Marseille coach Rudi Garcia hailed Atletico as having the best defense in Spain, and is counting on Payet to breach it.
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"They have very few vulnerabilities, to be honest, there won't be many gaps as they defend as a block, and the game is going to be about being fast and efficient in small spaces but we have the qualities to get through that defence", Payet added. "In order not to make it worse, we preferred for me to sit out". What happened before gives you experience and moments.
Atletico are viewed as the favorites in this game, in part due to their recent big-game experience.
Victory for the French club on home soil in Lyon against the 2010 and 2012 champions would be another surprise result, and if the underdogs are to come through successfully, they know they need to keep Griezmann, who was born near Lyon, in check. "As we approach the game, the emotions rise and rise", Simeone said.
Yohann Pele, who has kept goal in the absence of Steve Mandanda, would be unlucky to lose his place, but that is expected as Garcia looks to name the most experienced side he can. "We need to take the game where we want it and do damage where we can". "If we have similarities to them then it's because we're both full of character. We're also strong on free kicks". Simeone was charged with insulting a match official and improper conduct.
"We are a team that works a lot and I trust German's presence as the head of the team". "We know each other for a lifetime, we have similar feelings and understanding of football". "What's going through his mind is doubtlessly going through mine". They have appeared in European finals twice since those heady days in 1992, losing in the UEFA Cup final in 1999 and 2004.