Marseille is the only French club to have won the Champions League
Following a 25-year pause, Marseille has an opportunity to win another European trophy.
The French club, which won the inaugural Champions League title, will confront Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the Europa League last. Both the title and a spot in next season's Champions League will be hanging in the balance in Lyon.
Marseille is the main French club to have won the Champions League, and the players are continually helped to remember that night in 1993 when Marseille beat AC Milan 1-0 on a header from protector Basile Boli.
"When you land here at the club," Marseille protector Rolando stated, "the principal thing you see is (a photograph of) Boli's header."
Marseille loves to insult French opponent Paris Saint-Germain about the way that the capital club has never won the Champions League, however it is turning into a tiring abstain. An opportunity to quit pestering about past wonderfulness and convey another trophy has come, particularly after a couple of Uefa Cup last misfortunes in 1999 and 2004.
There is included essentialness for Marseille as to the scene.
Players from Lyon and Marseille battled amid a group diversion this season and the club presidents have exchanged warmed points. What's more, with one match to go in the French season, Marseille trails third-put Lyon by one point with just the main three made a beeline for the Champions League.
Ill will between the fans goes back to 2013, when 17 were harmed amid a rough fight at a motorway corner store. Lyon's crook periphery has been dynamic in European counterparts for a few seasons, and police will be on alarm for potential conflicts with Marseille's feisty ultras in the city.
Marseille players have been encouraging their fans to shun vandalism inside the stadium. "I trust it remains inside the limits of football and there isn't any harm," Marseille protector Adil Rami said. "I trust we're all sufficiently astute not to demolish this gathering."
Marseille last achieved an European last 14 years back - in the Uefa Cup - however Atletico has delighted in a far more grounded European nearness lately. This decade alone, Atletico has twice won the Europa League - already the Uefa Cup - and twice achieved the Champions League last.
"This group has the character and identity expected to win," Atletico midfielder Gabi Fernandez said. "The main thing we have as a primary concern is winning."
While mentor Diego Simeone's side will be favored, Marseille partner Rudi Garcia has ingrained a steely determination in his players. That was obvious in the elimination round prevail upon Austrian club Salzburg, when Rolando scored the conclusive objective somewhere down in damage time.
"Since the beginning of the battle, Garcia has said we're going the distance," Rolando said. "Despite the fact that we needed to get past the playoffs, regardless he said 'No, no. We will arrive. Get that inside your heads.' He was correct." - AP
Garcia keenly utilized the Europa League to get periphery players more included, persuading them to consider themselves imperative individuals from the squad.
"That is our quality: everybody feels critical," Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson said. "He's demonstrated to everybody that this works."
Sanson and minor midfield accomplice Maxime Lopez frame a dexterous support in the center. They constrained their way into the side by means of the long Europa League crusade - this will be Marseille's nineteenth European round of the season and 62nd in general. The 20-year-old Lopez is a result of Marseille's prospering youth foundation. At the point when Marseille lost to Bayern Munich in the 2010 Champions League quarterfinals, Lopez was a club ball kid. He is a Marseille nearby satisfying his fantasy to wear the pullover.
"In the event that we win, I will color my hair blue," Lopez said. "I wasn't conceived in 1993. My dad was there, and still right up 'til today he reveals to me what it resembled. It will be a fantasy in the event that we can rehash this. We know the enthusiasm in Marseille. It's an issue of pride for me, my family and the entire city."
Inspiration is a certain something, however moving beyond Atletico's resistance is very another. As is keeping Atletico's strike compel calm.
France striker Antoine Griezmann, who has 27 objectives this season, drives Atletico's assault nearby Diego Costa.
Rami, who won the Europa League with Sevilla in 2016, comprehends what's in store from Costa.
"I've played a couple of times against him and it's dependably been a decent piece," Rami said. "I'll endeavor to be prepared for this battle."
Atletico's guard likewise faces an extreme time ceasing Marseille winger Florian Thauvin, who has 26 objectives in all rivalries. He frames a solid association with assaulting midfielder Dimitri Payet, the French group's best passer this season alongside Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.