After Atletico Madrid win, Real Madrid hopeful of new era of European domination

May 25 2014, 22:14 IST
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SummaryWhen Real Madrid's team of Zinedine Zidane-inspired "galacticos" won the Spanish club's ninth European crown in 2002 it was supposed to mark the beginning of another golden era of European domination.

in terms of silverware.

"He has come and he has brought us the 'decima'," Perez said in a television interview after Saturday's final.

"He arrived and he has already hit the heights," he added.

"I am sure that the fans are already thinking about the 11th. That is why Madrid will go on forever."

Perez has been burned in the past when a team of highly-paid superstars failed to deliver what he craved, a repeat of Real's greatest run when they won five consecutive European Cups between 1956 and 1960 with a team featuring Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas and Paco Gento.

With Ancelotti at the helm and almost limitless resources to splash in the transfer market he will be confident that this time will be different and the 11th European crown is just around the corner. ($1 = 0.7336 Euros)

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