Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Atletico Madrid striker Torres thrilled to win Europa League title

Atletico Madrid striker Torres thrilled to win Europa League title

"Now we are in the UEFA Super Cup, so he could play four finals with us".

Marseille had started brightly but found themselves 0-1 down to an Antoine Griezmann strike when Payet pulled up hurt.

Fernando Torres spoke after he lifted the Europa League trophy with Atlético Madrid in his second last game with the club.

Griezmann, who was named man of the match in Lyon, has been Atletico's leading scorer in each season since he joined from Real Sociedad for £23.7m in July 2014.

Griezmann struck again four minutes after the break, before Gabi sealed the win and the celebrations began.

"Antoine-if he stays we'll continue to grow and develop", the Atletico boss said, per Press Association Sport (h/t Daniel Matthews and Mark Mann-Bryans of MailOnline).

"We had to keep going", Simeone said at the postgame news conference.

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"I hope he is happy with us".

"I hope he has the same career because he deserves it and takes this team where he wants, at least among the top sides in the world. If he stays we'll keep growing because we are destined to keep growing".

"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", he said.

"Your feeling for a club gets stronger every game, every year".

It was a one-sided final, with the French side unable to match the crisp, confident passing of their Spanish opponents, one of the most consistent clubs in European competition in recent years.

The trophy guarantees the victor a spot in the Champions League next season, although Atletico are already assured of that thanks to their league standing in Spain, the capital side need to earn at least a point in their final league match in order to secure 2nd place in La Liga, with Real Madrid 3 points behind. I tip my hat off to Marseille, they have a lot to be proud of.

"It was a dream of mine to win a trophy with Atleti, with Simeone and with my team-mates", Griezmann added. "Firstly, we had the best chance to go ahead, and secondly, an error from us meant we fell behind", said Garcia.

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