The team duly went on to drop into the Europa League after Roma and Chelsea qualified from Group C but having gone on to win it, Gabi was much more humble.
Simeone, who had to watch from the stands due to a touchline ban, called the victory a reward for his side's hard work and even expressed hope that Griezmann could be convinced to stay.
Marseille was going for a second European trophy, 25 years after winning the Champions League, but had no answer to Griezmann's mobility and finishing.
With Liverpool fans hoping for any possible advantage over Madrid ahead of their showdown on May 26, fans are praying none of Jurgen Klopp's players "jinx" the side as Payet appeared to.
"This cup has given us a lot", he commented.
"If we had played with everyone at 100 percent, we could have been to the maximum and played with you before this monster".
"So on a sporting level we aren't so far from the clubs that have more power than us".
"It was a dream of mine to win this trophy with my teammates and with Simeone", the France forward said.
"The scoreline is harsh but the better team won". 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.
Marseille began with urgency, but striker Valere Germain shot over from playmaker Dimitri Payet's slick pass after three minutes.
Atletico Madrid's Gabi and Fernando Torres lift the trophy as they celebrate winning the Europa League against Olympique de Marseille, at Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. It was a glorious goal, Griezmann finding Koke and then latching onto the return ball before lifting a deft finish over Mandanda and in.
Gabi's low drive in the 89th minute sealed the win.
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