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FLO­RIAN THAU­VIN

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

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

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