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Griezmann owed it to coach Simeone to win Europa League

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Kristopher Love | 17 May, 2018, 11:37

Fresh after scoring a brace in Atletico Madrid's 3-0 win over Marseille in the UEFA Europa League final, forward Antoine Griezmann did not want to touch too much on the rumours linking him with Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League Final match between Marseille and Atletico Madrid at the Stade de Lyon, Lyon, France, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

The 27-year-old France worldwide has been heavily linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano this summer and showed his class as Atleti ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in Lyon.

I left home when I was 14 years old because I wanted to win trophies.

The striker missed a penalty in the 2016 Champions League final against Real Madrid which his side lost in a shoot-out and that made him more determined to perform against Marseille.

"I don't think it's the time to talk about my future", Griezmann said.

"Otherwise he would be in another team now". "This is a reward for all the work I have put in, the suffering".

"Florentino called to wish me good luck and said we'll see each other in the UEFA Super Cup", he revealed.

With Liverpool fans hoping for any possible advantage over Madrid ahead of their showdown on May 26, fans are praying none of Jurgen Klopp's players "jinx" the side as Payet appeared to.

Rudi Garcia's team are fourth, a point behind Lyon in third place which now guarantees a spot in the Champions League group stage as a result of Atletico's Europa League triumph.

Marseille finished a awful 13th in 2015/16 - the club's lowest position in 15 years - but rebounded to end the campaign fifth last year and go into the final weekend of this season chasing a Champions League berth. "In the second half they raised their level and the best team won".

Perhaps, perhaps. But he didn't and thereafter it was all Atletico as Marseille suffered the hammer blow of losing skipper Dimitri Payet to injury on the half-hour mark.