Atletico Madrid Win Third Europa League Title

Simeone Hails ‘Gritty Atletico Madrid’ On Europa League Win

He also played a part in the build-up to Gabi's late goal that sealed the victory.

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.

That took Atleti's talisman to 29 goals and 15 assists in 48 appearances this season, underlining his importance to Diego Simeone's side and his ability to come good in big situations when his team need him. "Whatever he decides I'll be happy because he has given us his life".

"I chose to start Dimitri, one of our best players", he told reporters after the game. This [final] was a very important game, as it allowed us to keep up at the top level.

The French club have previously appeared in four, losing three, the exception being their victory over AC Milan in the inaugural Champions League final in 1993.

But it was a flat night for their huge support, who threatened to ruin the occasion by lighting flares and setting off firecrackers at one end of the stadium, with some even being thrown onto the pitch towards the end. "We let our chance go in the first half".

Atletico Madrid Win Third Europa League Title
Atletico Madrid Win Third Europa League Title

Marseille finished a awful 13th in 2015/16 - the club's lowest position in 15 years - but rebounded to end the campaign fifth last year and go into the final weekend of this season chasing a Champions League berth. "He will always ask for the best of me and make me do my best, and I'll always be there to help him and help win the games".

Fans on Twitter were adamant that Payet's pre-match contact with the coveted silverware was the reason for Marseille's loss. not a dominant Atletico being the far superior side. Just being in this final was an achievement for Garcia's team, but they will look back on the evening with regrets.

Here's how they reacted to Payet's nightmare in Lyon...

Keeping clean sheets is clearly Diego Simeone's favourite hobby.

Marseille were then punished for sloppy play as they fell behind in the 21st minute.

Without their inspirational midfielder, the French side caused Atletico just one major scare as ex-Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou headed against the post.

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