Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

The dressing room: "Belonging to this group is above winning a title".

That position is now occupied by Lyon, but Marseille are just a point behind them and Monaco could yet drop from second spot, with the final round of matches in France to be played this weekend.

Marseille, which lost finals at this level in 1999 and 2004, began with urgency, but Germain shot over after being played clear through on goal by Dimitri Payet's slick pass. Adil Rami shot wide moments later as Marseille's positive start upset Atletico's rhythm.

Antoine Griezmann is expected to sign a new contract with Atletico Madrid that will end all talk he could be lured away by either Barcelona or Manchester United this summer.

But the Spaniard has managed to sign off with a long-awaited bit of silverware after Diego Simeone's side made easy work of Marseille in the Europa League last night, recording a 3-0 win to get their hands on the trophy for the third time. "Whatever he decides I'll be happy because he has given us his life". "I hope he gets the send-off he deserves on Sunday". I tip my hat off to Marseille, they have a lot to be proud of.

His manager, Diego Simeone, was coy when asked about his star man and appears to be taking a more laid-back approach to the transfer saga. Now we are in the UEFA Super Cup, so he could play four finals with us.

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The striker missed a penalty in the 2016 Champions League final against Real Madrid which his side lost in a shootout and that made him more determined to perform against Marseille.

It was a one-sided final, with the French side unable to match the crisp, confident passing of their Spanish opponents, one of the most consistent clubs in European competition in recent years.

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

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

"We hoped that he'd be at 100 percent and we gave him a fitness test this morning. Firstly, we had the best chance to go ahead, and secondly, an error from us meant we fell behind", said Garcia.

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