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Ill Tapie relishing another Olympique de Marseille final

(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - Former Olympique de Marseille president Bernard Tapie, who led the club to the Champions League title in 1993, is relishing their presence in the Europa League final -- and he has a piece of advice for Rudi Garcia's team.

The 75-year-old, who has been battling stomach cancer, will probably not be able to attend Wednesday's final against Atletico Madrid in Lyon, but seeing OM gunning for another European title is a great source of comfort.

A charismatic president of Marseille from 1986 to 1994, he was at the helm when OM beat AC Milan 1-0 in the final of the Champions League before being sent to prison for corruption in a match-fixing scandal in the French first division.

The former businessman and Minister of City Affairs has been keeping a sharp eye on his former club despite his illness.

Tapie believes the collective force of the team has been key to their success in the competition.

Since their 1993 triumph, France's only title in Europe's premium club competition, Marseille have played in two UEFA Cup finals but were comprehensively beaten, 3-0 by Parma in 1999 and 2-0 by Valencia in 2004.

This time, according to Tapie, Marseille should embrace the moment and the pressure that goes with it.

Tapie will probably be in bed when the match kicks off at Lyon's Groupama stadium, although after OM beat Salzburg in the semi-finals following extra time he said that should his condition slightly improve, he might make the trip.










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