Griezmann seals Atletico Madrid's third Europa League title

Griezmann seals Atletico Madrid's third Europa League title

Griezmann seals Atletico Madrid's third Europa League title

Marseille, who started strongly, would live to regret that miss, with Antoine Griezmann usurping the general run of play to score at the other end on 21 minutes.

Football is lovely, but it can be cruel too, none so much as during an European Cup final.

Meanwhile, Marseille boss Rudi Garcia defended his decision to play Payet from the start despite admitting his captain was unsure about his fitness.

Former Fulham striker Konstantinos Mitroglou had the best chance for Marseille, hitting the post after emerging from the bench in the last 10 minutes, before skipper Gabi put the icing on the cake for Atletico.

It was a night to remember for Fernando Torres who won the first and may likely be the last trophy with his boyhood club in what was his last game for the Rojiblancos.

"They are an attacking team they work very well but we focused on our game, which was to defend well, be a tough team and take advantage of their mistakes", Griezmann told reporters. A goal then would have got us back into the match.

"If he goes then great, he's given a lot to us over the years".

The Rojiblanco side's build-up to the game was dominated by talk over Griezmann's future, with a €100 million summer move to Barcelona reportedly lined up.

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The France worldwide has been strongly linked to a move to Barcelona, with Manchester United also rumoured to be keen on the striker.

"I left home when I was 14 wanting to win titles", he said after the match.

Unfortunately for Payet, as well as seeing his first ever major domestic final cut short by injury, the ex-West Ham man could also now miss out on a place in the French squad for the World Cup, which explains his reaction.

The Frenchman's second goal of the night only reiterated what many had suspected leading up to the Europa League final - Atletico Madrid would outplay the Ligue 1 side even without fully exerting their might.

"We've reinvented ourselves in this competition, and against Arsenal (in the semi-finals) we showed what we're all about".

"If he stays I'll be delighted and if he leaves I'll be grateful for everything he's done for us".

"It was a dream of mine to win a trophy with Atleti, with Simeone and with my team mates", Griezmann added.


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