Atletico Madrid win Europa League title

Atletico Madrid win Europa League title

When asked about the transfer speculation after the final against Marseille, Griezmann made it clear he felt this was not the right time to talk about his Atletico future.

Payet had rolled the ball through to Valere Germain in the opening five minutes only for the midfielder to fire wide.

Substitute Kostas Mitroglou almost pulled one back, his header coming off the post, before Gabi's low drive in the 89th minute made it 3-0.

Marseille dominated the opening stages but gifted Atletico took the lead when Andre-Frank Anguissa failed to control goalkeeper Steve Mandanda's pass out and Gabi intercepted before setting Griezmann free to score in the 21st minute.

Marseille coach Rudi Garcia pointed to early mistakes as the cause of the loss of his side's momentum.

"The goal was to take advantage of the opponents' mistakes. Against a team like Atletico you can not afford to fall behind as it becomes hard". We were out of luck when Mitroglou hit the post. "I left home when I was 14 for that".

In what could well be his final appearance for Atleti as he prepares to leave at the end of the season, former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Torres was introduced in place of two-goal hero Antoine Griezmann in the 90th minute.

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"We're talking to the club to see what can be done".

"This exceptional step shows us that OM can do great things". We will try again next year.

The French team also faces a fine for players returning late to start the second half.

However, perhaps as a nod to the inevitable, Simeone thanked Griezmann for his service.

"Antoine - if he stays we'll continue to grow and develop", the Argentinian said. It's like what Sir Alex Ferguson did with Manchester United.

Two Champions League final defeats in agonising fashion against city rivals Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016 had many thinking Simeone might be tempted to accept an offer from one of Europe's super clubs.

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