Real Madrid midfielder Thomas Gravesen
defended the club's Galactico policy on Tuesday, saying the project
simply needed time to make the team capable of competing at the highest
"I don't think the Galactico project has been a failure. I think this is
the best group of players you could have, and I believe we will show we
are still a good side," Gravesen told reporters.
"When I was at Everton it took three to four years to build a side that
could qualify for the Champions League. It is something that happens
gradually. It doesn't happen in a day."
Real president Florentino Perez has championed a policy of pursuing
high-profile purchases every year, such as Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane
and Ronaldo, and mixing them with players developed through the youth
With Real now facing the prospect of a second successive season without
silverware, out of the Champions League and King's Cup and 11 points
behind Barcelona in the Primera Liga, this policy has been called into
The 29-year-old Danish international, signed from Everton in January,
has urged against knee-jerk reactions.
"At the moment we know we are not playing the best football we can, so
we need to stick together and stop looking to point fingers at people,"
"I don't know what kind of players will be brought into the club in the
future. Maybe the most important thing would be to give the players
already here that extra edge and encourage them to come together as more
of a group."
Although Real are second in La Liga with 10 games to play, last year's
end-of-season collapse under coach Carlos Queiroz is still fresh in the
Real lost six of their last seven games to finish fourth behind