Rudi Garcia: Marseille missed injured Dimitri Payet in Europa League final

Posted May 17, 2018

INCIDENTS: Europa League Final between Olympique de Marseille and Atletico Madrid at Parc OL.

Griezmann, who has been linked with a move away from Atleti this summer, scored either side of half-time to stake his team to a 2-0 lead over the Ligue 1 side before the 50-minute mark.

Atletico asserted their domination in the final minutes in the game when Gabi smashes the ball past Mandanda to seal the win for the La Liga giants and seal their third Europa League title.

"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.

'If he leaves, I just want to let him know I love him'.

"I feel so proud to belong to this group, which has changed the lives of so many Atletico fans".

Leading SA bookies BET.co.za have installed Atletico as 1/1 favourites to win in regulation time, while Marseille can be backed at 61/20.

'He gave me all he had.

Antoine Griezmann Marseille Atletico Madrid UEFA Europa League 16052018

As the haze started to lift, Simeone - watching from the stands thanks to a touchline ban - will have seen his side continuing to come under pressure from a Marseille side who looked lively. "If he stays we'll keep growing because we are destined to keep growing". "France has got behind us and I'm proud of my players for that". "Even without him we'll continue to grow".

"I'm hoping they can do something good in the final as I am and always have been a supporter", Zidane explained in an interview with UEFA. Despite carrying a thigh injury, Payet appeared to be sharp and played a great through ball for Valere Germain in the third minute _ but the striker lofted it over.

"They were very attacking, worked well, but we were also doing our thing", he said. Without Payet's threat, Atletico's midfield was able to push up much more, less anxious about protecting the space behind them.

"He didn't aggravate the injury today, he just wasn't fully fit".

Antoine Griezmann will not be an Atletico Madrid player next season as he will be looking to take his career to the next level, according to BT Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas.

The playmaker showed plenty of intent early on-his sublime pass deserved a far better finish from Germain in the opening minutes-and if anyone was going to unlock Atletico's resolute defence, it was him.

"We missed our chance in the first half", Garcia added.

The Spaniards rarely looked back following the second goal and took complete control of the tie and things could have been better moments later when Adil Rami nearly put the ball in his own net. "You can't fall behind against a team like Atletico".