He will be expected by many to light up put Marseille to the sword and Payet, his worldwide team-mate with France, knows just how unsafe the forward is to their hopes, the pair having spearheaded France's run to the Euro 2016 final on home soil.
Atletico, who will participate in the International Champions Cup in Singapore and play Paris Saint-Germain on July 30 at the National Stadium, are looking to win the Europa League for the third time in nine seasons. "They came out of the Champions League while we came through the Europa League qualifiers", said coach Rudi Garcia.
"With "Cholo", lots of things have changed at Atletico".
"He's capable of making the difference at any given moment and we'll have to keep an eye on him the way you would on your milk if you were boiling it". We are similar teams so I think it will be a tense and high-pressured game.
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.
He was seen as a minor health doubt for Wednesday's sport after sitting out Marseille's 3-Three draw at Guingamp final week, however he skilled on the eve of the ultimate.
But, after rousing wins over RB Leipzig in the last eight and Salzburg in the semi-finals, Marseille and their passionate fans are now dreaming of glory on home soil. "That first trophy was the key to everything that came later".
Marseille is the only French side to have won the Champions League in 1993, but since then has lost twice in the UEFA Cup final, as the Europa League was formerly known. "They have more experience than us, but it's good for us that it'll be decided over one match, that means anything is possible". "Of course, that is an added source of motivation, and if we do win the final, our names will be written into the club's history books forever".
One thing Marseille do have on their side is experience, with Thauvin and Payet having played in the Premier League while Luiz Gustavo and Adil Rami also have plenty of big matches under their belts. "He scores goals and creates them", Payet told a media conference on Tuesday.
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