Atletico are favourites to continue Spain's recent success in the competition and go to lift the Europa League trophy after reaching their third successive European semi-final, where they will face Arsenal.
They overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit against RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals to prevail 5-2 in the return date and keep their dreams alive.
Sitting in second spot in La Liga behind Barcelona, Simeone's men are a playing below their level in the second tier European tournament.
"I am from France and Marseille are in there as well and that is always a hard place to go... maybe it is better that I don't wish for anybody".
"This is the season where I am learning most about being a coach and improving".
"You need to keep the progression".
The final is in Lyon, France on Wednesday, 16 May, with the victor guaranteed a spot in next season's Champions League.
"We live with the reality, and that is the Europa League". So we play in it with enthusiasm.
"This is another opportunity to add a great trophy to the cabinet".