Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid deliver trademark performance to seal Europa League glory

Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid deliver trademark performance to seal Europa League glory

Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid deliver trademark performance to seal Europa League glory

Our coverage of the 2017/2018 UEFA Europa league ends tonight as Atletico Madrid face Olympique Marseille in the finals.

The problem for Marseille is that they are facing the best defence in Europe and certainly they've been exposed against the best teams in France this season as they've gone just W0-D2-L4 against the three sides above them in Ligue 1, conceding at least twice in every match (18 times in total).

"Griezmann and Simeone are not going to leave", Cerezo said after appearing on Onda Cero's El Transistor programme.

But it could also prove to be his last with Diego Simeone's side as he's been heavily linked with a mega-money summer transfer to Barcelona.

At the start of the match, it quickly became clear that Marseille's biggest chance of pulling off an upset relied on captain Dimitri Payet.

They are also driven by the desire to win a second European trophy, 25 years since beating AC Milan in the 1993 Champions League final. "You see it every year and it's a joy to work with him because he looks for a person's weaknesses, tries to improve them and make them a more complete player", he asserted.

"I've played a few times against him and it's always been a good scrap", Rami said.

A spot in the 2018-19 Champions League could very well be on the line for Rudi Garcia's squad, as they now trail Lyon by one point with one match remaining for the final UCL qualifying spot in Ligue 1.

Fernando Torres says Atletico Madrid's victory in the Europa League final on Wednesday represented the realisation of a childhood dream.

Marseille have not been in a European final since losing the 2004 UEFA Cup to Valencia, and Simeone said his side's superior experience in finals would help his side but would not be decisive.

"He has a contract and we want him to stay".

Of course, this has importance beyond simply bringing the Europa League trophy to Marseille (or to any French side, for that matter) for the first time.

But can Marseille really afford to be without his influence in the centre of the park when it comes to the final?

Before that potentially crucial final game of the season they have the small matter of the Europa League Final to contend with. They came into the competition from the Champions League and we came through the Europa League playoffs.

The Los Rojiblancos are in the final of the Europa League after producing a standout collective effort to draw 1-1 at the Emirates with 10 men, before capping off an impressive display to win 1-0 back in the Spanish capital. We need to realise that facing us, as Diego Godin was saying, we have an extraordinary rival.

No team has been shown more yellow cards (30) or red cards (3) than Marseille in this season's Europa League.

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