Spain's Atletico Madrid rout Marseille in Europa League final

Sherman Parsons
May 18, 2018

Antoine Griezmann, whose hometown Macon is not far from Lyon, scored in each half of the match before captain Gabi's late low shot made it beyond any speculation.

The Frenchman's second goal of the night only reiterated what many had suspected leading up to the Europa League final - Atletico Madrid would outplay the Ligue 1 side even without fully exerting their might. "He was decisive in the most important moment in the game", Simeone told a news conference.

Diego Simeone credited the excellent bond of his players as the key to success saying "We're very happy. I am among the best three players in the world because of him".

Griezmann returned to France to play the final against his boyhood club and did so with a bang, scoring either side of half time to put the game beyond the reach of Marseille.

His future has been the subject of intense speculation of late, with many linking him to the vacant job at Arsenal and while now would be the ideal time to end his tenure with Atletico, it looks like Simeone is happy in the Spanish capital. "It's a decision that he will have to come to. Atletico are a great team and we have no reason to be ashamed of this loss".

"Antoine - if he stays we'll continue to grow and develop", the Argentinian said.

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The France global has been strongly linked to a move to Barcelona, with Manchester United also rumoured to be keen on the striker. "If he stays we'll keep growing because we are destined to keep growing".

"Now is not the time to talk about my future", the France worldwide told reporters after being named man of the match. "I owe a lot to Simeone and my team mates".

The only side to overcome them in knockout European football since 2013 are arch-rivals Real Madrid, who beat them in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals and knocked them out of the same competition in 2015 and 2017.

"I left home when I was 14 years old because I wanted to win trophies, this is my second and I hope I can win more".

Barca are said to be keen to activate a reported €100 million release clause in Griezmann's contract, but Atleti general manager Clemente Villaverde insists the Rojiblancos are desperate to retain him.

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