If this is the last time Antoine Griezmann dons an Atlético Madrid shirt, this wasn’t the worst way to bow out. Wednesday afternoon, Atlético would defeat Marseille (in Lyon, no less), to capture the Europa League title. And while this is probably also it for manager Diego Simeone, it’s the end of one hell of an era.
- 2 Europa League crowns (2011-12, 2017-18)
- 1 La Liga championship
- 1 Copa del Rey
Not to mention, a two-time Champions League runner-up. But that’s not all. During his 377 matches in charge over all competitions, Atlético would keep a clean sheet in 53.1 percent of them. Per Squawka:
“Atlético Madrid have now kept 200 clean sheets in 377 games across all competitions under Diego Simeone; 53.1% of their games. TWO. HUNDRED.“
Whine about playing defensively all you want; that’s might impressive. But on Wednesday, it would be the attacking side of the ball taking center stage. Most notably Griezmann, who would slot home his first in the 21st minute and find his second later in the 49th. Gabi would add the third and final tally just ahead of stoppage time.
And while Atlético didn’t need to win Wednesday to qualify for next season’s Champions League, Marseille probably did. As it stands, they are just one point off third-place (UCL qualification spot) Lyon with one match to go. Marseille faces the easier opponent (Amiens) compared to Lyon (Nice), but it’s likely both top four teams win this weekend. That means Marseille would be back in the Europa League next season.
As for Atlético, we don’t know what’s next. But we don anticipate a busy summer.