Antoine Griezmann: Barcelona transfer approved by Diego SImeone after Europa League win

Doug Mendoza
May 17, 2018

Atletico is looking to win the Europa League for the third time in nine seasons, after triumphing in 2010 and again in 2012, shortly after "Cholo" Simeone was appointed coach.

Griezmann's two goals on Wednesday took his tally for the season to 29, while he has also assisted a further 15 strikes in 48 appearances across all competitions for the Rojiblancos.

Griezmann, who scored in every knockout round for Madrid after they dropped down from the Champions League, proved to be the difference with two smart finishes more than enough to seal the trophy.

And with Griezmann looking all but certain to move to Barcelona this summer, the French ace will need to help his side to that coveted bragging rights 2nd place, above Real in the final standings this weekend.

"I was determined to take the opportunity to win one tonight". "I want to enjoy the moment".

"Let's hope today's performance convinces him to stay there". This is my second, and I hope I can win more.

Marseille began with urgency, but striker Valere Germain shot over from playmaker Dimitri Payet's slick pass after three minutes.

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

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"I am proud of the season Marseille have had, of their fans who on their own nearly filled the whole stadium, and of (coach) Rudi Garcia and what he has done with that team".

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

"This is a reward for me after I left home aged 14, for all the work I have put in, the suffering", Griezmann said.

Four minutes after the re-start, Koke ran into a hole in the Marseille midfield and slipped the ball to Griezmann who dinked the ball past Mandanda.

He celebrated both goals with an energetic celebratory dance from popular video game Fortnite, although he couldn't do it as well the second time around as he was quickly mobbed by teammates.

No French team has ever won the Europa League title.

Marseille wasted some opportunities to get back in the game, with Atletico controlling the pace.

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