Antoine Griezmann sparkles as Atletico Madrid clinch third Europa League

Europa Final Simeone Confident Despite Ban As Marseille Coach Chases History

Europa Final Simeone Confident Despite Ban As Marseille Coach Chases History

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann had no interest in discussing his future after leading the Spanish side to the Europa League trophy.

The France global, who was linked with a move to Manchester United last summer before opting to extend his contract with Atletico, said that his standing in world football was down to the coaching of Diego Simeone.

"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.

Atletico, who made their fifth appearance in the final of European tournaments in the past nine years, was crowned in the Europa League in 2010 and 2012, while Marseille anticipated for another European title after winning the Champions League back in 1993.

"I was determined to take the opportunity to win one tonight".

Whether his stay in Madrid extends beyond four years remains to be seen as Simeone, who was forced to watch from the stands as he served the second game of a four-match touchline ban, said the club would still improve if they were to lose their talisman.

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"He has a contract and we want him to stay".

Marseille kicked off the clash in a thoroughly old school manner, with Dimitri Payet launching the ball far into the opposition half and out of play.

"I chose to start Dimitri, one of our best players", he told reporters after the game. The white and light blue majority were bouncing up and down throughout the opening stages, with their team quicker into challenges, and Valere Germain missing a great chance to really shock Atletico after just three minutes. We also missed him from set-pieces as Atletico, if they do ever concede, sometimes concede from set-pieces. "This is the second, after a Supercopa, and I hope I can win more trophies".

Payet appeared to aggravate a recent thigh injury and was replaced after 31 minutes.

While a late headed strike by Marseille's Kostas Mitroglou - a 74th minute substitute - could have swung the momentum, it was not to be, and the ball rebounded harmlessly off the upright.

"We let our chance go in the first half. We did our thing, defended well, were a hard team and took advantage of an error". "Against a team like Atletico you can not afford to fall behind as it becomes hard".

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