Griezmann dismisses transfer talk after 'dream' final

The Europa League is the first trophy Fernando Torres has won with Atletico Madrid

The Europa League is the first trophy Fernando Torres has won with Atletico Madrid

Winning the Europa League was not how Atletico planned their 2017-18 season to end, but they proved Wednesday night that they were clearly the best team in this season's competition, and a four-year wait for another major trophy is finally over.

The 27-year-old French striker, who has been on the radar of top clubs in Europe, scored in each half with skipper Gabi striking late to complete a 3-0 victory for the Spaniards.

Marseille fans vastly outnumbered Atletico's fans inside the Stade de Lyon, and made a nuisance of themselves throughout. They will receive €10.3 million in total for their run in the Europa League.

"This season was a tough one, but this Europa League represents more than the Europa League trophy - it shows the value of hard work and persistence, or keeping at it and working hard". "Griezmann today confirmed what he has been doing year by year".

Diego Simeone credited the excellent bond of his players as the key to success saying "We're very happy". I have no doubt that there are certain things that could make it more likely that he stays.

He said that he would love his star player, who had the ideal final preparation for World Cup duties with the French national side with this win, to stay and continue to develop with the side.

The dominance of Spanish team could be further underlined if Atletico's neighbors, Real Madrid, triumph against Liverpool in the final of the Champions League in Kiev on the 26th of May.

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But it was a flat night for their huge support, who threatened to ruin the occasion by lighting flares and setting off firecrackers at one end of the stadium, with some even being thrown onto the pitch towards the end. Operating a rung below those of super-clubs, Rudi Garcia managed a band of talented, technically astute players who were proclaimed misfits elsewhere only to be allowed to dream on the French Riviera.

Marseille were then punished for sloppy play as they fell behind in the 21st minute.

Griezmann didn't waste the glorious chance to finish a side-foot after being teed up by Gabi who intercepted the ball.

Valere Germain's frustrating miss from six yards after Dimitri Payet had played him through on goal was Marseille's only clear-cut chance in the first half.

OM then conceded again just four minutes after the restart.

And Atletico's captain, Gabi, put the icing on the cake by firing in a third in the 89th minute.

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