Garcia’s midfield headache: Rudi Garcia’s preferred formation means he has to pick between Maxime Lopez, Morgan Sanson and Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa – a dilemma he has been facing all season. Lopez and Sanson got the nod in both legs of the semi-final against Salzburg, but Anguissa has usually been preferred in the league, and has been more consistent. Both have their merits – Anguissa is better suited to handle Atletico’s physical game, while Sanson provides more attacking impetus against a Rojiblancos side that will, as always, defend first.
Simeone’s big call: Diego Simeone has so many options with his midfield. Saul and Koke pick themselves, but after that, it could be any two of Gabi, Vitolo, Angel Correa, or Thomas Partey. With Gabi, the question is one of experience vs age - the former is exactly what you want in a European final, but the latter could leave Atletico exposed against Marseille’s attack. It’s more likely that Partey starts, and then Simeone has to pick between Vitolo and Correa, each of whom started one leg of the Arsenal tie. Vitolo’s combativeness or Correa’s pace on the counter? The game could rest on that call.
*2017/18 Europa League