Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid, Clubs, Story, UEFA Europa League

Antoine Griezmann scored twice as Atletico Madrid cantered to a 3-0 victory en route to winning the 2018 Europa League.
Antoine Griezmann scored twice as Atletico Madrid cantered to a 3-0 victory en route to winning the 2018 Europa League.
Gemma Soler reports pitchside on what was said regarding Antoine Griezmann’s future after Atletico Madrid’s win over Marseille.
The ESPN FC panel discuss Atletico Madrid’s dominance in the Europa League this season as they cruised to a 3-0 victory in Lyon.

Europa League matchwinner Antoine Griezmann would not discuss his future after Atletico Madrid beat Marseille 3-0 to secure the trophy in Lyon, France.

Griezmann, 27, scored either side of half-time in a dominant performance by Atleti, only saying his aim was to “win more trophies” without being drawn on whether that would be with his current club or elsewhere.

The France international has been linked with moves to some of Europe’s top clubs, but the speculation — particularly in recent weeks — is most rampant about a transfer to Barcelona.

Griezmann said: “It is not the moment to talk about my future, I must enjoy having won a trophy, and celebrate it with the fans. The truth is this was a dream for me, to win a trophy with Atletico, with [Diego Simeone] and my friends and teammates.

“Your feeling for a club gets stronger every game, every year. I’ve been here four years, and I have enjoyed today with the fans, the people of the club, my relationship with them is strong, which is why I give everything on the pitch.”

Griezmann, who grew up near Lyon but left early to pursue his career at Real Sociedad, previously had just the 2014 Spanish Supercopa to show for four seasons with Atletico. And his performance was another reminder of how appealing his €100 million release clause is for other clubs to prise him away from Atleti.

“When I left home at 14 years of age it was to win trophies, to enjoy nights like this,” Griezmann said on BeIn Sports on the final whistle. “This is the second, after a Supercopa, and I hope I can win more trophies.”

The pitchside interview ended quickly amid joyful celebrations from Atletico’s players and staff, with further questions over Griezmann’s future left hanging.

Both his goals were very coolly taken, with careful finishes which gave his international teammate and Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda no chance to save.

“I don’t know if it is cold-blood in the finish, or confidence,” he said. “But I was able to help the team to win this trophy.”

Griezmann accepted that Atletico had been forced to work very hard by a Marseille side who started the game on the front foot.

“They were very attacking, worked well, but we were also doing our thing,” he said. “We did very good work defensively, and took advantage of the mistakes of the opponent.”

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