Europa final likely Griezmann's Atletico adieu

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Atletico Madrid faces Olympique de Marseille on Wednesday night in the Europa League final at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France.

Simeone expects a tough game against the French team.

"Griezmann and Simeone are not going to leave", Cerezo said after appearing on Onda Cero's El Transistor programme.

The Ligue 1 outfit knocked out Red Bull Salzburg to reach the competition's showpiece game.

Simeone's side scored their first opportunity of the second half too - as just four minutes in Saul Niguez was quickest to a loose ball near the halfway line, and within seconds Koke released Griezmann to exquisitely lift the ball over Steve Mandanda and into the net.

Remember the No. 16 seed that became the first to upset a No. 1 when they crushed Virginia by 20 points in March?

Simeone said: "They've had a great season, at home and on the continent".

Griezmann continues to be linked with a switch to Barcelona this summer but, in the build-up to the Lyon showdown, the France forward paid tribute to his manager's "historic" work and claimed: "I'll always be there to help him".

"This team has the character and personality needed to win", Atletico midfielder Gabi Fernandez said.

Luiz Gustavo struggled in the heart of Marseille's defence
Luiz Gustavo struggled in the heart of Marseille’s defence

The Les Phoceens now sit fourth in Ligue 1 and are one point outside of the Champions League spot for next season.

Atletico, who also won the 2010 Europa League, beating Fulham 2-1 in the final, have a full squad available after Spain winger Vitolo recovered from a hamstring strain.

Marseille will compete in their third UEFA Cup/Europa League final in this game, while they're looking for their first victory following defeats to Parma in 1998/99 and Valencia in 2003/04. We know the fervour in Marseille.

Griezmann has managed to win only one trophy with Atletico - the 2014 Spanish Super Cup - and he could hardly have wished for a better finale if this is to be his last action in an Atletico shirt.

14 hours ago - How to watch a free Marseille v Atletico Madrid live stream or tune in on TV, plus an in-depth match preview, team news, key stats, odds and more ahead of Wednesday's Europa League final on BT Sport.

Shortly after, the UEFA Super Cup followed with a 4-1 win over Champions League winners Chelsea, while the Copa del Rey was also won during the 2012/13 season.

"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".

This will be the first meeting between Marseille and Atletico Madrid in European competition since 2008-09, when the Spaniards went unbeaten against them in the Champions League group stage (W1 D1).

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