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

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

I tip my hat off to Marseille, they have a lot to be proud of. The truth is this was a dream for me, to win a trophy with Atletico, with [Diego Simeone] and my friends and teammates.

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.

"I hope that he is happy to play for us".

And with Griezmann looking all but certain to move to Barcelona this summer, the French ace will need to help his side to that coveted bragging rights 2nd place, above Real in the final standings this weekend.

"The scoreline is harsh but the better team won".

"It wasn't meant to be in the Champions League, but I said to myself that tonight was going to be night and so it was".

"It's about more than a trophy", Simeone said.

"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. "Whatever he decides I'll be happy because he has given us his life", Simeone added.

He scored his first on 21 minutes, seizing on an error from Andre Zambo Anguissa to slide the ball into the net, and he scored his second shortly after the break, exchanging passes with Koke and then chipping the ball over the onrushing Steve Mandanda. He's played three finals with us and won two.

The French club's hopes faded after Payet went off injured in the 31st with what appeared to be a thigh injury. They carried on anyway, and so did the game, with sections of the stadium cloaked in thick pyrotechnic smoke.

Atletico is looking to win the Europa League for the third time in nine seasons, after triumphing in 2010 and again in 2012, shortly after "Cholo" Simeone was appointed coach.

Atletico took Griezmann off in the final moments to give veteran forward Fernando Torres a send-off, as he came on to a huge ovation from the red-and-white horde of Atletico fans.

When it was time for the official trophy presentation, Atletico skipper Gabi showed the ultimate respect to the 34-year old by calling him up to lift the trophy with him.

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