Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Obsession' with Dublin holding the rest back says Blues legend

Published 26/06/2015 | 02:30

Dublin legend John O'Leary believes the county should be facing a stronger challenge in Leinster
Dublin legend John O'Leary believes the county should be facing a stronger challenge in Leinster

"Because it's interesting. I was out with Louth there for a short while. Louth keep talking about that Leinster final and blaming Joe Sheridan.

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"But why are you blaming Joe Sheridan? Because if you go back and look at it, Louth had the ball coming up the pitch and gave it away.

"The ball is hoofed into the square and Joe Sheridan has it in the back of the net and everyone is giving out about Joe Sheridan.

"It's typical. We were trying to get the Louth fellas to look at themselves instead.

"So it's a bit like the Irish soccer team blaming (Thierry) Henry for getting knocked out of the World Cup. It wasn't Henry's fault. It was only a small piece of the whole thing.

"So do Kildare have a chance? Yeah, of course they have a chance. But when the real hard questions are asked of them, I would be worried that all that other stuff might be in the back of their minds anyway.

"There is a phrase there that is used and it is, 'The way you choose to see the world creates the world you see'.

"If they see the world as one where they're not going to beat Dublin, ultimately their mind will operate in such a way as to prove them right.

"Because if you think you're going to lose, it's very hard for the body to operate in the opposite way to the mind. It's not natural."

John O'Leary was in Croke Park for the launch of the Bord Gáis Legends Tour

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