Torres reacts to UEL trophy after 11 yrs at Atletico Madrid

Elena Summers
May 18, 2018

Marseille were 1-0 down when Payet was forced off after Atleti pounced on a poor touch from Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa for Antoine Griezmann's opener.

And Marseille suffered another early blow when Captain Dimitri Payet had to go off injured.

While a late headed strike by Marseille's Kostas Mitroglou - a 74th minute substitute - could have swung the momentum, it was not to be, and the ball rebounded harmlessly off the upright.

"We had the best chance first up and then we made a mistake that cost us a goal".

"We've always said the best way to get back to winning ways is by persisting".

The France global has been strongly linked to a move to Barcelona, with Manchester United also rumoured to be keen on the striker. "Atletico are a great team and we have no reason to be ashamed of this loss".

"It is not the moment to talk about my future, I must enjoy having won a trophy, and celebrate it with the fans,"Griezmann said".

Ex-Tottenham attacker Clinton N'Jie then managed to produce the worst finish imaginable to one of Marseille's scant openings, with his terrible outside-of-the-boot effort from inside the box going out for a throw.

"He has shown that he is focused on Atletico", said Gabi.

Simeone, who had to watch from the stands due to a touchline ban, called the victory a reward for his side's hard work and even expressed hope that Griezmann could be convinced to stay. But he has been excellent through 2018 and decisive in each round of this competition, scoring the key away goal in the semi-final first leg and assisting Costa's clincher in the return leg against Arsenal.

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.

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann had no interest in discussing his future after leading the Spanish side to the Europa League trophy.

"If he stays I'll be delighted and if he leaves I'll be grateful for everything he's done for us".

"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".

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