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


They had previously won the Europa League in 2010 and again in 2012, the latter coming just six months after Diego Simeone's appointment as coach.

Regarding the persistant links to Barcelona, Simeone claimed he'll be happy whether Griezmann stays or leaves.

"This cup has given us a lot", he commented.

"So on a sporting level we aren't so far from the clubs that have more power than us". "In my career I could win many trophies, I had the luck to play in great teams, to be part of the best generation of Spanish players who achieved everything there is, but when you have a dream since you were small, like this, to win with your team..."

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 missed our chance". Marseille's chances were given a blow as captain and talisman Payet was forced over with a little over half an hour on the clock.

With Payet's exit went any hope of them clawing a way back into the contest, which Griezmann and Gabi ensured was taken away from them completely in a 3-0 defeat, yet in his post-match media conference Garcia stood by his decision to start his hobbled star.

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

'Today I would say it (the Europa League) is a piece of s***,' Gabi told reporters after Los Rojiblancos were held to a 1-1 draw by Qarabag to put them on the brink of elimination at the group stage. The Cameroonian's attempt at a touch was bad, and Gabi pounced on the loose ball, sending Griezmann through to finish. It was a glorious goal, Griezmann finding Koke and then latching onto the return ball before lifting a deft finish over Mandanda and in.