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Real Madrid pay tribute to Griezmann & Co

17 May, 2018, 15:45 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Antoine Griezmann on Thursday

The Spaniard scored his side's third after two goals from Antoine Griezmann as Atletico ran out 3-0 winners against Marseille in Lyon the final of Europe's second-tier competition.

They had previously won the Europa League in 2010 and again in 2012, the latter coming just six months after Diego Simeone's appointment as coach.

Atleti triumphed 3-0 over Marseille in Lyon to win a sixth trophy under Diego Simeone.

On top of that, goalkeeper Alphonse Areola's partner and the brother of defender Marquinhos did not hold back from revelling in OM's misfortune.

Real Madrid will also host Liverpool in the final of the Champions League on the 26th of May. Who said modern footballing rivalries are dead? He's made me into a better player and one of the best in the world.

Griezmann's goal in London in that semi-final against Arsenal set Atletico on the way to beating the Premier League club, and it was testament to how far they have come under Simeone that they were the favourites to win that tie.

"This is a reward for me after I left home aged 14, for all the work I have put in, the suffering", Griezmann, who has spent his whole career in Spain but had only previously won one Spanish Super Cup, told beIN Sports. "Whatever he decides I'll be happy because he has given us his life", Simeone added.

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He celebrated both goals with an energetic celebratory dance from popular video game Fortnite, although he couldn't do it as well the second time around as he was quickly mobbed by teammates.

Meanwhile, Marseille boss Rudi Garcia defended his decision to play Payet from the start despite admitting his captain was unsure about his fitness.

Marseille skipper Dimitri Payet is comforted by Lucas Ocampos as he comes off injured in the first half. They carried on anyway, and so did the game, with sections of the stadium cloaked in thick pyrotechnic smoke. It also lost another Champions League final to Real Madrid in 2014 and the gulf in experience was evident.

Simeone will be looking to make it 234 wins and ideally 201 clean sheets in their final La Liga game of the season against Eibar this Sunday.

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