Antoine Griezmann is hoping to get his hands on a first major trophy with Atletico Madrid as the Spanish club prepare to take on Marseille in Wednesday’s Europa League final.
Griezmann has only won the Spanish Super Cup since joining Diego Simeone’s side four years ago, featuring in the team that lost on penalties to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in 2016.
Atletico’s build-up to this match has been overshadowed to some extent by constant speculation about his future, with the France striker being tipped to join Barcelona after the World Cup.
But his Atletico team-mates are confident the 27-year-old is fully focused on leading his side to what would be their third Europa League title since the start of the decade. He will spearhead the attack alongside Diego Costa.
“We have been speaking about him all year. Physically he is in good shape and for him, it is important to win a title because he needs it, and that is the only thing that matters to him,” said veteran midfielder Gabi.
“I hope it is not his last final because we need him and he knows that we want him to stay.”
This game is a sort of homecoming for Griezmann, who has spent his whole club career in Spain but grew up in Macon, less than an hour’s drive from Lyon.
The memories of their agonizing defeats to Real in the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016 remain fresh for Simeone and his side.
However, Simeone has worked wonders with Atletico since being appointed in late 2011 and sealing Europa League victory six months later.
The Spanish side has greater collective experience of European finals, but Simeone was not keen to draw too many comparisons with what has come before.
“It is never good to make comparisons. The Champions League is one thing and the Europa League another,” said Simeone, who will serve a touchline ban on Wednesday after being sent to the stands against Arsenal in the semi-finals.
“Experience is an important factor although it won’t completely influence the game,” he added.
– Will home advantage count? –
Having dropped into this competition following a surprise group-stage exit from the Champions League, Atletico is favourites, but Marseille is motivated by the prospect of playing on home soil.
They are also driven by the desire to win a second European trophy, just as the club marks 25 years since beating AC Milan in the 1993 Champions League final.
“I think the expectation in Marseille and across the country is quite extraordinary and our motivation comes from that,” said Dimitri Payet, who is confident of being fully fit after a minor muscle injury.
Marseille, who have lost three other European finals, have come all the way from the qualifying rounds in this season’s Europa League, starting out last July.
“We know that Atletico has the experience. They came out of the Champions League while we came through the Europa League qualifiers,” said coach Rudi Garcia.
“But we have experienced players too, players who have played in and won European finals, the Champions League in the case of Luiz Gustavo. We want to enjoy the moment, let our hair down.”
Garcia is confident of having a full squad at his disposal, despite concerns over the fitness of centre-back Rolando, Bouna Sarr, and striker Kostas Mitroglou.
Meanwhile, authorities in Lyon are hoping the match, which will kick off at 8:45 pm (1845 GMT), will not be marred by violence.
Only around 11,500 Marseille fans will officially be in attendance in a crowd of close to 60,000 and those without tickets have been urged not to travel amid fears of trouble between them and fans of Lyon.
A big rivalry has developed in recent years between the clubs, and there will be 1,250 police officers deployed in the city and around the stadium.
Source: The Punch
Mac Miller’s will reveals who his fortune will go to
The will of late American rapper, Mac Miller who died of an apparent overdose has been revealed.
The rapper who died on September 7, at the age of 26, set up a trust in 2013 and executed a will at that time, according to The Blast.
The legal documents filed in 2013 state that the rapper left all his belongings to his mother, Karen Meyer,father, Mark McCormick and brother, Miller McCormick.
The outlet also reports that he listed his lawyer, David Byrnes, as the trustee who will remain in charge of his estate. However, if the lawyer is unable to maintain his duties, the responsibility will be passed to his brother, Miller.
The “Knock Knock” rapper whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, did not list how much his estate was worth in his will.
Miller was notably linked to Ariana Grande was found unconscious at his home in the San Fernando Valley outside Los Angeles at around mid-day on Friday, September 7, 2018. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Jennifer Lopez flaunts her hot body in revealing orange swimsuit (Photos)
Singer and actress, Jennifer Lopez took to her Instagram page to flaunt her hot body while posing in a revealing orange swimsuit
See full photos below.
Davido’s Arrival Causes Commotion At NYSC Camp
David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, on Thursday reported at the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) Permanent Orientation Camp, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos State.
The ‘Fia’ crooner revealed this in a post on his Instagram handle, which he captioned “Arriving at camp today”.
The picture showed corps members, falling over themselves, as they tried to catch a glimpse of the singer, as he was driven into the camp in a white vehicle.
Send a mail to email@example.com
- ‘Man United Must Attack, Attack, Attack At Old Trafford’- Pogba
- Here’s What You Must Know About Social Security Disability Insurance Law
- BREAKING NEWS: INEC Declares Osun Governorship Election Inconclusive
- Breaking! Ras Kimono’s Wife, Efe Is Dead
- Cristiano Ronaldo Earns 3 Times More Than The Entire Team He Will Play Against Today
- Nigerian Footballers Encounter Robbery Attack While Traveling To Lagos (Photo)
- Eviction Services: What You Have to Do If Your Landlord Refuses to Make Repairs?
- Real Estate Disclosure Laws You Need To Know
- Female Kidnapper Arrested As 4-year-old Son Of APC Chairman Is Rescued (Photos)
- Polaris Bank: Skye Bank Changes Name On Twitter And Facebook
Fashion9 months ago
Men Fashion: Style Inspiration for Men Native Wears in Nigeria
Breaking news10 months ago
Just In: Don Wanny, A Notorious Assassin & Militant In Rivers State, Shot Dead
Sports1 year ago
UEFA Europa League Draw 2017-2018
Celebrity gist11 months ago
Human Ken doll Rodrigo Alves shows off his $29k fake abs
Fashion9 months ago
Style Inspiration: Gorgeous Aso-ebi Lace Styles for Women
Celebrity gist12 months ago
Gucci Mane’s fiancee Keyshia Kaoir steps out nude to the BET HipHop Awards
Celebrity gist11 months ago
Model Anok Yai lands a big offer
Breaking news5 months ago
Download Eminem – Revival Album Full Tracks