Atletico Madrid vs Marseille

Atletico Madrid vs Marseille: Team News, Live Stream, TV Info for Europa League Final

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Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann (L) throws the ball beside Atletico Madrid's Argentinian coach Diego Simeone during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs RC Deportivo de la Coruna at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on September 25, 2016. / AFP / GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Atletico Madrid and Marseille have conflicting records in Europe’s second-tier cup competition.

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

Marseille have also reached two finals, when the competition was still the UEFA Cup, in 1999 and 2004, but they were the losing side on both occasions.

The two sides come together for 2018’s Europa League final at Lyon’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday, and many expect Atleti to continue both their perfect record and Marseille’s losing one.

Date: Wednesday, May 16

Time: 7:45 p.m. BST, 2:45 ET

TV Info: BT Sport 2 (UK), ESPN Deportes (U.S.)

Live Stream: BT Sport website, WatchESPN 

 

Atletico Madrid's Spanish forward Diego Costa gestures during the Spanish league football match between Getafe and Atletico Madrid at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe on May 12, 2018. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP) (Photo credit should

Since they last won the Europa League in 2012, Atleti have been to two more major European finals.

In both 2014 and 2016 they lost the UEFA Champions League final to city rivals Real Madrid.

A tough group in the 2017-18 Champions League led to Diego Simeone’s dropping down into the Europa League, and they have seen off FC Copenhagen, Lokomotiv Moscow, Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal to reach the final.

Marseille, meanwhile, had to play a qualifying round against KV Oostende and a play-off versus NK Domzale just to reach the group stage of the Europa League after coming fifth in last season’s Ligue 1.

They have since ousted Braga, Athletic Bilbao, RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg in the knockout rounds to get to the final.

The upshot of their relative routes to Lyon is that these two sides occupy quite different standings in the European game.

Marseille are an exciting and capable team, but they face a challenge on Wednesday to beat an Atleti side who could arguably hold their own against anyone else in Europe.