Cape Town - Atletico Madrid will secure success for Spain in Wednesday's Europa League final, if bookmakers are to be believed. "We need to take the game where we want it and do damage where we can".
Things got worse for Marseille just after the half-hour mark when Dimitri Payet had to be substituted after picking up an apparent muscle injury and left the field in tears. Rudi Garcia's team had two-thirds of the possession in the first 45 minutes, but Atletico scored their only real chance. "It made us realise what the team was capable of, and five months ago a lot of the players were being seriously questioned. It'll be a great final". We've proven that we could overcome some steep challenges.
"We hoped that he'd be at 100 per cent and we gave him a fitness test this morning".
"Today, of course, Atletico are favourites".
They are yet to lift the Europa League trophy, but did emerge victorious in the 1992/93 Champions League.
A free Marseille v Atletico Madrid live stream will also be available on BT Sport's YouTube channel. "We did tests this morning and he still had a bit of apprehension about striking the ball properly". Right-back Bouna Sarr has an issue with his shoulder but could be fit, with Hiroki Sakai likely to take his place if not.
And we can add the €16.3 million from the group stages of the Champions League, making it a cool €26.6m earned from Europe for Atletico this season.
The game, at Lyon's Groupama Stadium, will be Marseille's first European final since 2003-04 when a side featuring Fabien Barthez and Didier Drogba finished runners-up to Valencia in the UEFA Cup.
"We had a chance in the Champions League and it wasn't to be, but this time it was my turn", said the striker, who had not previously won a major trophy with the club.
The scoreline mirrored the Spanish side's last Europa League final win over Athletic Bilbao in 2012 and cemented their status as one of the continent's most consistent teams since Argentine coach Diego Simeone transformed their fortunes.
The writing had been set in stone nearly forty minutes prior when Antoine Griezmann slotted in his second goal of the night past an outstretched Steve Mandanda after dancing through Marseille's penalty area with effortless ease.