Europa League: Diego Simeone lauds 'decisive' Antoine Griezmann, urges him to stay

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"The truth is this was a dream for me, to win a trophy with Atletico, with [Diego Simeone] and my friends and teammates".

Antoine Griezmann scored a fabulous brace as Atletico Madrid sealed their third European title in style with a 3-0 victory over Marseille.

"This season was a tough one, but this Europa League represents more than the Europa League trophy - it shows the value of hard work and persistence, or keeping at it and working hard".

"The scoreline is harsh but the better team won".

Atletico is set to return to the Champions League next season, but Simeone will still have to serve the final two games of his ban when the club kicks off its European campaign next season in the Champions League group stage.

He said that he would love his star player, who had the ideal final preparation for World Cup duties with the French national side with this win, to stay and continue to develop with the side.

"Experience is an important factor but it doesn't completely influence the play".

The French side looked even more lost when Payet went off and Griezmann's supremely well-taken second goal effectively finished them off.

A spirited Marseille team gave it their all, but Atletico were just too streetwise and also just too good.

Atletico were favourites to win the competition after dropping into the tournament from the UEFA Champions League. "We need to take the game where we want it and do damage where we can". They will receive €10.3 million in total for their run in the Europa League. Right-back Bouna Sarr has an issue with his shoulder but could be fit, with Hiroki Sakai likely to take his place if not.

The French forward was his club's hero in Lyon on Wednesday night as he struck twice to see off Marseille in the Europa League final, winning the Man of the Match award in the process.

Meanwhile, authorities in Lyon are hoping the match, which will kick off at 8:45pm (1845 GMT), will not be marred by violence.

The France global defied a thigh injury to lead Marseille out in Lyon but he lasted little over half an hour.

A big rivalry has developed in recent years between the clubs, and there will be 1,250 police officers deployed in the city and around the stadium.

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