Marseille vs Atletico Madrid: Team news, injuries, possible lineups
Rudi García’s Marseille will on Wednesday night clash with Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final at the Groupama Stadium.
Garcia’s men head into the final of the Europa League having edged past Red Bull Salzburg, courtesy of an extra-time goal from substitute Rolando that ended a closely-fought semi-final encounter.
The Les Phoceens currently sit fourth in Ligue 1 and are one point outside of the Champions League spot for next season.
Marseille will either need to win the final against Atletico or overtake third-placed Lyon on the final day of the domestic season should they want to feature in the Europe top-flight competition next season.
The only previous two fixtures between the teams came in the 2008-09 Champions League group stages.
Atletico, led by former boss Javier Aguirre, beat Marseille 2-1 in the Spanish capital in the opening fixture, before the reverse saw a goalless draw play out in France.
Striker Kostas Mitroglou has been ruled out from this clash due to injury.
Defender, Rolando is struggling with a knock, meaning that Gustavo should continue alongside Rami at centre-back.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid will head into this clash without their coach, Diego Simeone on the touchline, as he continues to serve a four-match ban following his dismissal against Arsenal in the semi-final encounter.
Simeone’s men have won the Europa League twice already, collecting the inaugural prize in 2010 before coming back to win the tournament again in 2012.
The Los Rojiblancos are in the final of the Europa League after producing a standout collective effort to draw 1-1 at the Emirates with 10 men, before capping off an impressive display to win 1-0 back in the Spanish capital.
Simeone’s side are currently sitting in second place on the LaLiga table and require just a single point on the final day to claim the position and finish above city rivals, Real Madrid.
Defender, Filipe Luis is back from injury and could force Lucas Hernandez out at left-back, while Gabi is favourite to start alongside Saul Niguez in the centre of the pitch.
Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa will lead the line for Atletico with wide support being provided by Angel Correa and Koke on the flanks.
Winger, Vitolo, who missed the weekend win over Getafe but trained on Monday, is available for selection.
Sime Vrsaljko has served his suspension for being sent off against Arsenal, although Simeone could leave his faith in fellow defender, Juanfran.
Marseille’s potential starting XI: Mandanda, Sarr, Rami, Gustavo, Amavi, Lopez, Sanson, Thauvin, Ocampos, Payet, Germain.
Atletico Madrid’s potential starting XI: Oblak, Juanfran, Godin, Savic, Luis, Correa, Gabi, Saul, Koke, Costa, Griezmann.
The kick off time for the match is 7:45pm