"He's capable of making the difference at any given moment and we'll have to keep an eye on him the way you would on your milk if you were boiling it".
Payet, who returned to Marseille in January 2017 after a successful yet troubled stint at West Ham United, urged his side to make the most of any chances that fall their way against Atletico and said they may have to win ugly.
"I hope it is not his last final because we need him and he knows that we want him to stay".
DIEGO SIMEONE: "We're going to play another final". Atletico is bidding to win the Europa League for the third time this decade.
"The more he's scrapping, the better he plays", Griezmann says.
Marseille have also reached two finals, when the competition was still the UEFA Cup, in 1999 and 2004, but they were the losing side on both occasions.
Atletico have had plenty of heartbreak in European finals down the years, as have Marseille.
Marseille, who have lost three other European finals, have come all the way from the qualifying rounds in this season's Europa League, starting out last July.
Speaking ahead of the game, Torres looked ahead to the opportunity of picking up his first major trophy as an Atleti player, as well as forgetting about the twilight of his career due to the busy preparations.
"We know how tough it is".
"This year we're celebrating the 25th anniversary of being the first French side to win the Champions League. Of course, that's an added source of motivation, and if we do win the final, our names will be written into the club's history books forever".
Marseille coach Rudi Garcia hailed Atletico as having the best defense in Spain, and is counting on Payet to breach it. "Their coach has done a great job". They are used to playing in big European matches.
Marseille's Dimitri Payet referred to opposition's Antoine Griezmann as "Mister Plus" owing to his high output while scoring and creating goals.
A big rivalry has developed in recent years between the clubs, and there will be 1,250 police officers deployed in the city and around the stadium.