"But it will not be easy, and I predict it will be very hard over the next three months.' Madrid travel to Vallodolid on Sunday, providing much-needed respite from the Santiago Bernabeu following four straight home defeats in all competitions".
With those star names afforded the comforts of previous successes and Ronaldo now departed, Madrid's weaknesses as a team have been exploited, most emblematically by a highly-charged team of Ajax's rising stars.
After back-to-back defeats against Barcelona ended their hopes of success in La Liga and the Copa del Rey, Real Madrid's season then imploded as their defence of the Champions League crown ended with a shock home defeat against Ajax on Tuesday night.
Zinedine Zidane is another who has been linked with a return to the Santiago Bernabeu, with a decision having already been made by the Madrid board that Solari will not be in charge for the new season.
At times it looked like Madrid could pull it off.
The Portuguese tactician was sacked by Manchester United at the end of a year ago after his relationship with his players deteriorated.
Nacho said the win did not heal the club's wounds.
Valladolid missed a penalty and had two goals ruled out for offside early on before taking the lead through Anuar Tuhami just before the half hour, but they were unable to capitalise against a Madrid side that finished with 10 men following the late dismissal of Casemiro.
Perez also has a decision to make in the coaching position, with Santiago Solari looking increasingly like he is on the way out.
Not to mention the players and according to Marca, Ramos and Marcelo clashed during a training session. "We have to stay calm during this hard moment and face it with character".
"It was a very hard game after the week that we have had - to come here to such a hard stadium, against a team in this situation, and with us having so many injuries", he said. "It will always come back, and it will come back stronger than ever".