Griezmann Fires Atletico To Europa Cup Victory

Marseille 0 Atletico Madrid 3 Griezmann nets double to seal Europa League glory

It is Griezmann's first major title as an Atletico player, and a fitting way to bow out if he leaves at the end of the season with Barcelona tipped as his next destination.

Marseille faces several charges including crowd disturbances during the 3-0 loss to Atletico at Lyon.

He also played a part in the build-up to Gabi's late goal that sealed the victory.

"When I left home at 14 years of age it was to win trophies, to enjoy nights like this", Griezmann said on BeIn Sports on the final whistle.

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.

The France worldwide did take the time, though, to pay tribute to his coach Diego Simeone and his fellow teammates on their achievement.

Simeone, who had to watch from the stands due to a touchline ban, called the victory a reward for his side's hard work and even expressed hope that Griezmann could be convinced to stay.

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Atletico defender Juanfran said the departing veteran striker had warned Griezmann to give careful consideration to his next move.

"I think we made Marseille fans proud and got a large part of the French public behind us".

"I hope he has the same career because he deserves it and takes this team where he wants, at least among the top sides in the world".

"So on a sporting level we aren't so far from the clubs that have more power than us".

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

"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". "The scoreline is harsh but the better team won".

While no players from either side are suspended, Rolando and Kostas Mitroglou from Marseille and Jose Gimenez from Atletico Madrid have minor injuries and their participation will be a game-time decision for the managers. Just being in this final was an achievement for Garcia's team, but they will look back on the evening with regrets.

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