Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone believes that experience will be one of the key factors heading into tonight’s Europa League final against Marseille
Los Rojiblancos have played in three European finals in the past eight years and won two of them in both 2010 and 2012 in the Europa League.
Atletico has the chance to equal fellow La Liga side Sevilla’s record of three Europa League titles tonight and, while admitting that it will undoubtedly be a match will a lot of friction involved, Simeone feels that his side’s recent experience will give them an advantage.
“The experience is an important fact, but it is not totally influential in the game. We will find a team that will start with pressure, self-confidence, taking advantage of the high rhythm of their points. We will have to impose our game with the running of the minutes. It will be an intense match, with friction. We are very similar in several passages of the game. We are similar, it will be a match with a lot of friction,” said the Argentine, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The 48-year-old feels that both sides share many similarities and expects it to be a good match.
“We are going to play a new final, with many feelings, emotions, hope … but above all humility. In these games, you need humility, work … we will have to minimize its virtues. It is a great team, which has had a great Europa League, a great French tournament. It will be a beautiful ending. We are two very similar teams, fast, practical, good at stopping the ball, from the illusion, from the enthusiasm, it will be a good match,” said Simeone.
Atletico are considered the strong favourites to win in Lyon, but Simeone dismissed the importance of what people think.
“When I played a final, as a footballer or coach, I experienced it the same, clearly. Reality is the game. What those around him say does not matter, ” he said.