Heading into tonight’s Europa League final, Rudi Garcia is hoping that Marseille can repeat their “long-lasting love story” from 1993
The Olympians are the only French team to have ever won in Europe when they defeated AC Milan 1-0 to win the Champions League title in 1993.
Tonight’s final against Atletico Madrid will mark a quarter of a century since that famous win and, while admitting that it will be very difficult to overcome the Spanish side, Garcia is aiming to repeat the feat.
“This is the 25th anniversary of the only win of a French team in the Champions League,” said the Marseille boss, as stated on France24.
“We have a long-lasting love story with the European cups which goes back to the nineties. We all want to imitate what our famous predecessors did although we know it’s going to be very difficult and quite a mission, but that would make it even more of a sensation if we win tomorrow.”
The closest Marseille have come to tasting glory in Europe since then was in 1999 and 2004, where they were defeated by Parma and Valencia respectively.
Atletico is considered the favourites for the win based on their recent experience in European finals, which Garcia can understand.
“We know they have a lot of experience, they have played three European finals in six years, two in the Champions League,” admitted Garcia.
“They came into this tournament from the Champions League while we had to go through qualifying,”
“They have more experience than us, but it feels like anything is possible when it’s just one game.”