The Conference League trophy is in Athens - See photos

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Olympiacos will attempt to claim the trophy in the final on May 29 at the OPAP Arena against Fiorentina.

The Conference League trophy that Olympiacos will try claim in the final on May 29 at the OPAP Arena against Fiorentina after qualifying against Aston Villa is on public display in the Greek capital.

Olympiacos and football fans have been taking pictures with the trophy since 9 a.m., in Kotzia Square, where it will remain until 8 p.m. today.

The UEFA Europa Conference League Cup was welcomed in Kotzia Square by the mayor of Athens, Haris Doukas.

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Images: Proto Thema.

El Kaabi – scorer of a first-leg hat-trick last week – contributed another two goals as Thrylos sealed their place in the final. José Luis Mendilibar's side took just ten minutes to extend their lead in the tie, as a swift counter culminated in Quini crossing for the unmarked Moroccan to tuck away at the far post.

Villa looked to respond with Leon Bailey stinging Kostas Tzolakis' palms at the end of the first half, but 30-year-old El Kaabi put the tie beyond the Premier League side nine minutes from time when he latched onto Tzolakis' long kick and fired past Emiliano Martínez.

The visitors rarely threatened, though Ollie Watkins was denied a late consolation goal by a fine Tzolakis save.

José Luis Mendilibar, Olympiacos coach: "When I came to Olympiacos, I did not expect we would go so far in Europe. I was collecting info about the team. However, I slowly started believing that we could do well in the league and in Europe. We worked well, we played well and we deserve to be in the final. I want to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to be here."

Ayoub El Kaabi, Olympiacos striker, speaking to Cosmote TV: "I am very happy. It is a big moment, we overcame many difficulties to reach this stage. We were very focused in both legs. We knew that Aston Villa are a great team, but we trusted our abilities. We will keep going and, hopefully, we will play well in the final."

Kostas Tzolakis, Olympiacos goalkeeper, speaking to Cosmote TV: "Nobody among us expected this feat after a complicated first half of the season. However, day by day, with each training session, we started believing more and more and now we have qualified for a European final for the first time in the club’s history. We go into this final as the outsiders, as Fiorentina have the experience of last season’s final."

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