Europa League 2018: Players, Coaches React to Marseille vs. Atletico Madrid


"We hope he's happy and. with us".

Marseille manager Rudi Garcia said the better team had won, via the competition's official website.

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. It was Marseille's best chance until substitute Kostas Mitroglou hit the post in the 81st, by which time it was already 2-0.

Marseille fans vastly outnumbered Atletico's fans inside the Stade de Lyon, and made a nuisance of themselves throughout.

"It's hard to explain how happy I feel after so much time, it was a dream I've always had since I was a child", Torres told reporters.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone credited his excellent bond with his players as the reason behind their triumph in the 2018 UEFA Europa League final in Lyon on Wednesday night.

Griezmann, who may well have put in his last performance in the red and white of Atletico after being heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer, paid tribute to Marseille after the match. "Physically he is in good shape and for him, it is important to win a title because he needs it, and that is the only thing that matters to him", veteran midfielder Gabi said ahead of the game.

"I don't think it's the time to talk about my future", Griezmann said. "I left home when I was 14 for that". Maybe winning a first trophy alongside the teammates with whom he has suffered so much in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals might make him decide to stay.

"If he goes then great, he's given a lot to us over the years".

Since the start of the 2013/14 campaign, Spanish clubs have won seven of the possible eight Champions League and Europa League trophies combined, with Manchester United's win in this competition last season being the only exception.

"He has played three finals with us, has won two, and so that shows that he is not far away from his objective of regularly playing finals".

Simeone was given a four-game touchline ban from UEF after angrily confronting an official during the first leg of Atletico's Europa League semi-final matchup against Arsenal.