"Simeone made me grow personally and professionally; I'm delighted with him and I owe him a lot, I know, so I'm very fond of him". This is my second, and I hope I can win more. "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".
However, the 27-year-old now looks set to end his four-year stay at Atletico to move to La Liga champions Barcelona, who are reportedly close to activating Griezmann's £88m release clause this summer.
"We missed our chance in the first half", Garcia added. "Firstly, we had the best chance to go ahead, and secondly, an error from us meant we fell behind", said Garcia. "It represents the value of hard work, a steady hand and consistency, values to be successful in life".
"When I left home at 14 years of age it was to win trophies, to enjoy nights like this", Griezmann said on BeIn Sports on the final whistle.
Describing himself as "happy" with the outcome, Griezmann continued: "I have been working to experience such a moment for many years".
Four minutes into the second half, Griezmann started and finished the move for his second.
He athletically won a high ball in midfield and quickly swapped passes with Koke before gliding into the penalty area unchallenged and clipping the ball over the onrushing Mandanda.
"If we had played with everyone at 100 percent, we could have been to the maximum and played with you before this monster".
The French club's hopes faded after Payet went off injured in the 31st with what appeared to be a thigh injury. 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. It also lost another Champions League final to Real Madrid in 2014 and the gulf in experience was evident.
"He's a Barcelona player the way he takes the ball and plays in small areas", Hoddle said on the Europa League highlights show when asked about whether he can see Griezmann leaving Atletico.