Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Griezzi fires Atletico Madrid to Europa League glory

Griezzi fires Atletico Madrid to Europa League glory

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. Now we are in the UEFA Super Cup, so he could play four finals with us.

The Ligue 1 outfit had started brightly but had their momentum checked by Griezmann's opener, and an injury to captain Dimitri Payet before the break came as a further blow to their hopes.

Marseille struggled to contain their opponents for the rest of the half, although substitute Kostas Mitroglou, once of Fulham, hit the post late on with a terrific towering header. "Firstly, we had the best chance to go ahead, and secondly an error from us meant we fell behind", said Garcia.

Griezmann, 27, has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona in the close-season, despite being contracted with Atletico until 2022.

"If he goes then great, he's given a lot to us over the years".

"Now is not the time to talk about my future", the France global told reporters after being named man of the match.

"When I left home at 14 years of age it was to win trophies, to enjoy nights like this".

Europa League final
GETTYEuropa League final Dimitri Payet has been in sensational form for Marseille

"Marseille are an attacking team". Rudi Garcia's team had two-thirds of the possession in the first 45 minutes, but Atletico scored their only real chance.

Unfortunately for Payet, as well as seeing his first ever major domestic final cut short by injury, the ex-West Ham man could also now miss out on a place in the French squad for the World Cup, which explains his reaction.

He added that winning Europe's second-tier competition represented "more than a trophy - it's a victory for everything we stand for, for hard work and industry". We didn't start the Champions League very well (this time) but reinvented ourselves in this competition.

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

"The truth is this was a dream for me, to win a trophy with Atletico, with [Diego Simeone] and my friends and teammates".

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.

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