Thursday 27 November 2014

Video: There's no right or wrong way to play gaelic football - Dubs boss Jim Gavin

Published 26/08/2014 | 13:12

Dublin manager Jim Gavin says Dean Rock is still in the frame for a starting place. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Dublin manager Jim Gavin

It's been dubbed as a clash of styles but Dublin manager Jim Gavin insists there is no right way to play football as he faces into an All-Ireland semi-final with Donegal this weekend.

The Leinster and reigning All-Ireland champions face off against the Ulster champions on Sunday and Jim Gavin is expecting a huge battle which could take a similar shape to the last four clash between the sides in 2011.

Jim McGuinness's side utilised their blanket defence and huge physicality three years ago and were very close to turning over the eventual champions who won through on a scoreline of 0-8 to 0-6.

Jim Gavin is expecting this weekend's showdown to mirror that clash from three years ago.

"Donegal have been very impressive this season. They've gained promotion back into Division One, they had a great run in Ulster and a great win over Monaghan in the Ulster final," he told DubsTV.

"Jim's done a fantastic job with Donegal over the last four years.

"The players are very familiar with their system now and very comfortable with it.

"The 2011 semi-final was a very intriguing game, both teams set themselves up to win. and that's the job of any inter-county manager.

"There is no right or wrong way to play gaelic football and that's the beauty about the sport.

"A management team can set themselves up however they see fit.

"It was a very interesting game and a very interesting game to see how it unfolded tactically and I think we're going to see something similar on Sunday."

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