Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Payet says he is fit to play in Europa League final

Payet says he is fit to play in Europa League final

Atletico coach Diego Simeone will be unable to orchestrate proceedings from the dugout as he serves a suspension following his sending-off in the semi-final first leg against Arsenal. "But I think we have the attacking quality to do so", the France worldwide said. "What happened before gives you experience and moments", he said. We all want to follow in the footsteps of our predecessors.

The 27-year-old forward joined Atletico from Real Sociedad on the back of their title success in 2014, but could soon be on his way to Barcelona.

But he has full faith in assistant coach German Burgos, and considers his Argentine countryman nearly like a kindred spirit. "Tomorrow, everyone will be in shape, but I get the impression that the more games this team plays, the more it is in shape", Garcia explained. "I have faith in German". "We know each other for a lifetime, we have similar feelings and understanding of football".

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"I think the expectation in Marseille and across the country is quite extraordinary and our motivation comes from that", said Dimitri Payet, who is confident of beng fully fit after a minor muscle injury.

In many ways Simeone's hard-working side were in their element in the way they dug out a 1-1 draw at the Emirates in London, despite having had Sime Vrsaljko sent off early on, as well as their Argentine coach for complaining - before seeing out a 1-0 victory at home.

"They're a unsafe team offensively". [Dimitri] Payet imposes the rhythm, it's a team with a manager who has done really well. "We have won more than we expected, but we are continuing to rebuild the club under a plan that will take several seasons".

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The former Argentina worldwide adds: "We are playing another final where there is a lot of emotion and excitement but, above all, humility".

Griezmann has certainly not dampened the speculation, saying only that he wants his future resolved before the start of the World Cup, while last week even Atletico's president Enrique Cerezo was hardly reassuring when he said: "Antoine Griezmann is an Atletico Madrid player, as of today". We have to minimise their offensive assignments.

"It made us realise what the team was capable of, and five months ago a lot of the players were being seriously questioned". It'll be a lovely final.

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