Atletico bid to erase pain of finals past in Marseille showdown

Atletico Madrid charged for far-right banner at Europa final

I had lost finals, I left home at 14 to win titles and today I had the chance to win a trophy.

Since then it is Barcelona who have emerged as the leading contender to sign the former Real Sociedad man and have been tipped to meet his €100million buy out.

For a club like Atletico Madrid, success never comes easily, but Wednesday's Europa League final victory over Marseille served to underline just how far they have travelled in the years since Diego Simeone became coach.

Whether his stay in Madrid extends beyond four years remains to be seen as Simeone, who was forced to watch from the stands as he served the second game of a four-match touchline ban, said the club would still improve if they were to lose their talisman.

Griezmann - brought up in Macon, just 70 kilometres from Lyon - scored once in each half, his lethal finishes coming either side of Marseille losing Dimitri Payet to injury, the French team's captain coming off in tears. "I owe a lot to Simeone and my team-mates".

The France global did take the time, though, to pay tribute to his coach Diego Simeone and his fellow teammates on their achievement.


"I hope that he is happy to play for us".

"A few days ago I spoke to his sister and agent to make them an offer and they will have to give us an answer in a few days". He's played three finals with us and won two.

"Last season we reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, and this season we started that competition badly, but we showed our manliness against Arsenal and that set us on the way to winning the cup".

Meanwhile, Atleti president Cerezo has also revealed he had received a phone call from Real Madrid counterpart Florentino Perez to wish him luck in the Europa League final.

As noted by BBC Sport, ongoing speculation continues to link Barcelona with a swoop for the 27-year-old, with the Catalan giants looking to bolster their attacking options further this summer it seems.

"It wasn't meant to be in the Champions League, but I said to myself that tonight was going to be night and so it was".

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