Perez: Real Madrid will bounce back

The Spanish giants fell short of glory on both the domestic and Europe fronts this season, leading to Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal after two years in charge.

Real appointed coach Rafa Benitez as Ancelotti’s replacement and hope the Spaniard will enjoy more success than his predecessor.

“In this club we learn to never consider a game lost and to fight until the last second,” Real president Perez said to the Spanish press. “We also learn to rise back stronger when results are not what we desired.

“We will do that very soon. Only with that attitude have we been able to prove that dreams can materialise, those that are possible and those that are considered apparently impossible.”

Real finished third in the Primera Division behind Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in Ancelotti’s first season at the helm, but they won the Champions League – a record 10th European Cup – after beating Atletico in the 2014 final.

This year, Real finished second to Barcelona in La Liga and exited the Champions League after a defeat to Juventus in the semi-finals, results that cost Ancelotti his job.

Madrid-born Benitez, a two-time La Liga winner with Valencia, left Napoli at the end of the season to return to Real 20 years after leaving the club where he had worked as the coach of the club’s ‘B’ team.

The former Liverpool and Napoli tactician signed a three-year deal with Real and became the club’s eighth coach in the past 10 years.

Real have won just one Primera Division crown (2011-12) in seven years.