Falcao eyes Europa Double
ATLETICO Madrid striker Falcao is assured of a title before the all-Spanish Europa League final against Athletic Bilbao in Bucharest tonight (KO 7.45, live on TV3).
Falcao (pictured above) shares the competition's scoring lead with 10 goals and is the Europa League's top striker for the second straight season, something no player has achieved before.
Having scored 17 times in leading FC Porto to the title last season, the Colombian can win his second consecutive winner's medal.
"I think it's only natural to feel a little nervous before the final because I know it's going to be historic to win two straight titles with two different clubs," Falcao said.
Falcao said the experience of winning a final is important but not everything.
"You need the experience of a veteran but the hunger of a youngster to win," he said.
Schalke forward Klaas-Huntelaar also has 10 goals this season. Falcao's 17 goals for Porto last season was a competition record.
"A goal in the final would be very special, but the important thing is to win the match," Falcao said.
Falcao has helped Atletico become the Europa League's top scoring team, with 30 goals. But Athletic are close behind with 28, so the final at Bucharest's National Arena should provide for an entertaining match.
"We can't wait for this game to come already, we've been waiting for it. It's the game we've been thinking about the most and we can't wait to play it," Bilbao midfielder Ander Iturraspe said. Team-mate Iker Muniain (pictured) has promised to have an image of the Europa League trophy tattooed on to his body if his team wins.
ATLETICO MADRID v ATHLETIC BILBAO, LIVE TV3 (ko 7.45)