The former Lille and Roma boss admitted his side do not start as favourites against an Atleti that has played in two Champions League finals and one semifinal in the last four years. With Dimitri Payet, Steve Mandanda, Luiz Gustavo and Florian Thauvin leading the way, OM have found themselves on the verge of capping their season in style. He is credited with a stunning 24 assists in his 46 matches across competitions this season, five of those in the knockout phase of the Europa League, where he has also scored three goals.
He added: "This year, we're celebrating the 25th anniversary of the only French club to win the Champions League".
Marseille booked their ticket to the final with a 3-2 aggregate victory against Austrian champions Salzburg.
They are both combative footballers, physically imposing, and with big personalities.
They are yet to lift the Europa League trophy, but did emerge victorious in the 1992/93 Champions League. "I believe in Marseille's chances".
Here, we take a look back at Atletico Madrid's route to Lyon. Left-back Filipe Luis is expected to return to the lineup from an injury.
In the To Score market, Griezmann is the clear favourite at [2.0], but Costa is a big-game player (he scored the victor in the second leg of the semi against Arsenal), so he's worth considering at [2.8].
The odds are in Atletico's favour, however Simeone may rest some of his stars for the Eibar game, to give them an extended break ahead of the World Cup.
"We are full of respect for Atletico, a great Spanish club".
Rudi Garcia, the French son of a Spanish father who has been in charge of Marseille since leaving Roma in 2016, will certainly be the more urbane, smartly-attired manager patrolling the touchline. "Their full backs are also very unsafe".
The France global has been Atletico's top scorer in every season since joining from Real Sociedad in 2014, but a constant stream of transfer stories linking him with clubs from Manchester United to rivals Real Madrid has led to him being booed by his own supporters this season.