Atletico Madrid win Europa League title

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Atlético Madrid's UEFA Europa League final win over Olympique de Marseille has had positive ramifications for Ligue 1 Conforama's third-placed side.

"Griezmann today confirmed what he has been doing year by year", Simeone said after the game.

The striker said he would not discuss his future after the final, but added that he had grown ever more fond of Atletico and his team mates in the four years since he joined from Real Sociedad for 25 million euros.

"I owe a lot to Diego Simeone for my progression as a footballer, but also to my teammates".

Koke played the forward in at a tight angle, but Griezmann managed to chip the ball beyond Mandanda into the goal, with strike-partner Diego Costa following in on the goalline.

"I left home when I was 14 wanting to win titles", he said after the match. "I owe a lot to Simeone and my team-mates".

"I've been with Atleti for four years and now I have a strong bond - with my team-mates, with my fans".

"If he stays I'll be delighted and if he leaves I'll be grateful for everything he's done for us". The team began the game with some difficulties, but as time went on, and with the goal, we got comfortable. "Even without him we'll continue to grow".

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.

"Even diminished, he set up the (Valere) Germain chance".

Assessing his comments above, he evidently has a special relationship with the club, manager and fans, and having now enjoyed success with them, it could persuade him to remain as a prominent figure with the capital club and snub a potential move to the Nou Camp where he would be one piece of the puzzle alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

"He was anxious about playing and whether he'd be able to kick the ball hard. In matches like this you have to take risks".

Marseille were the better side for large portions of the game, but when star man Payet was forced off early in the first half and Griezmann took advantage of the error at the back, it was always going to be a tough game.