The 30-year-old had made a strong bid for a recall by coach Didier Deschamps with an impressive run of form which included inspiring Marseille to the Europa League final, but his injury may have ended his chances of playing in the tournament. "Whatever he decides I'll be happy because he has given us his life", Simeone added.
"He's given us a lot, he gave us a leap in quality as a team".
"I grew as a player at this club".
Apart from Simeone's eldest son, Giovanni Simeone, who plays for Italian side Fiorentina, all others came to cheer the Atletico boss to victory on the night. "In the second half they raised their level and the best team won".
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Having fallen into this competition by virtue of a shock group-stage exit from the Champions League, Atletico were the favourites against a Marseille side whose continental campaign had begun in the third qualifying round last July.
Marseille fans were given a first-half warning over the stadium speakers to stop letting off flares and firecrackers or the game would be stopped.
Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda opted to pass to Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, deep in midfield, rather than clear long.
Substitute Kostas Mitroglou almost pulled one back, his header coming off the post, before Gabi's low drive in the 89th minute made it 3-0. A goal then would have got us back into the match.
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