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Sports News of Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Thomas Partey to start for Athletico Madrid in Europa Cup final

Thomas Partey has been in fine form at Atletico Madrid Thomas Partey has been in fine form at Atletico Madrid

Athletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has been included in Coach Diego Simeone's squad for the final of the Europa Cup in Lyon on Wednesday night.

The Ghanaian midfielder was part of the 20 team man list that left Madrid for France to play Marseille in the finals of Europe's second-tier competition.

Thomas Partey has been magnificent for the "Rojiblancos" this season, playing 49 times in all competitions registering 5 goals in the process. He is expected to start tonight against the French side.

Athletico Madrid dropped from the Champions League to the Europa and having beaten the likes of Arsenal enroute to the finals.

The Spanish side have been in the finals of the UEFA Champions League twice in three years and won the Europa Cup in 2009/10 and 2011/12 seasons.

Meanwhile, Jose Gimenez and Vitolo have also been included in the team despite having knocks.

Full Atletico matchday squad for Europa League final: GK: Jan Oblak, Axel Werner, Alex Dos Santos.

DEF: Sime Vrsaljko, Juanfran Torres, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Stefan Savic, Lucas Hernandez, Filipe Luis.

MID: Vitolo, Gabi, Thomas Partey, Saul Niguez, Koke.

ATT: Angel Correa, Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa, Kevin Gameiro, Fernando Torres.