PLAYERS TO WATCH
With a left-foot to rival Griezmann’s, Florian Thauvin will lead Marseille into battle against his compatriot. The 25-year-old is a quick and tricky winger but it’s his finishing that has impressed this season. With 22 goals in Ligue 1 this term, Thauvin has emerged as a significant goal threat. His trademark move involves him dropping his shoulder, cutting in from the right flank and curling efforts into the far corner, executing them with an unerring accuracy that Arjen Robben would be proud of. It’s been a coming-of-age season for the attacker and starring in the Europa League final would be the perfect way to cap it.
Antoine Griezmann brings more than a sprinkling of stardust to the Atletico attack and despite a sluggish start to the season, the Frenchman has been revitalised since the turn of the year. The 27-year-old’s speed, vision and spectacular ability to find the back of the net makes him a leading protagonist for the final. He played the role of talisman expertly in the semi-finals against Arsenal, scoring a late equaliser to secure 10-man Atletico a 1-1 draw at the Emirates before setting up the only goal in the return leg at the Wanda Metropoitano. Destined to leave this summer, Griezmann will want to sign off with his first major trophy for the club.
*2017/18 Europa League