Europa League final: 'cold-blooded' Griezmann wins trophy for Atletico

Tanya Simon
May 17, 2018

I know he'll always ask the best of me, the maximum, and I'll always be there to help him and to win matches.

Griezmann, who has been heavily linked with a move to LaLiga champions Barcelona, netted either side of half-time in a dominant performance by Atleti.

He was in the Atletico side that lost on penalties to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in 2016 and lost the European Championship final with France that summer.

"If we had played with everyone at 100 percent, we could have been to the maximum and played with you before this monster".

The France star has been tipped to leave Atletico at the end of the season after four years in the Spanish capital, with speculation that he will join Barcelona.

Europa League match victor, Antoine Griezmann, was coy on his future, after scoring twice as Atletico Madrid beat Marseille 3-0 to secure the trophy in Lyon, France on Wednesday.

With Liverpool fans hoping for any possible advantage over Madrid ahead of their showdown on May 26, fans are praying none of Jurgen Klopp's players "jinx" the side as Payet appeared to. "Simeone has taught me a lot".

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The trophy guarantees the victor a spot in the Champions League next season, although Atletico are already assured of that thanks to their league standing in Spain, the capital side need to earn at least a point in their final league match in order to secure 2nd place in La Liga, with Real Madrid 3 points behind.

"We missed our chance in the first half", Garcia added.

"I hope he is happy with us". They had previously won the Europa League in 2010 and again in 2012, the latter coming just six months after Diego Simeone's appointment as coach. "In the second half they raised their level and the best team won".

"It wasn't meant to be in the Champions League, but I said to myself that tonight was going to be night and so it was".

They had started well and had a great chance to open the scoring inside four minutes, Valere Germain shooting over after being slipped in by Payet.

When it was time for the official trophy presentation, Atletico skipper Gabi showed the ultimate respect to the 34-year old by calling him up to lift the trophy with him.

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