JIM McGuinness has vowed not to be "associated with being a gallant loser," ahead of Donegal's hugely anticipated All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash with Dublin in Croke Park this Sunday.
In an in-depth interview in today's Herald, the 2012 All-Ireland winning manager has stated resolutely that "there is no point going to Dublin" if the summit of Donegal's ambition is to merely give the All-Ireland champions a difficult afternoon.
"Every team I have ever been involved with in my life, I have felt that we can win the game," he insisted.
"We have got to go to Dublin believing we can win the game. You have to try and come up with a game plan that will get you over the line.
"I definitely don't want to be associated with being a gallant loser."
McGuinness, in his fourth season as boss, accepted that after last year's quarter-final hammering by Mayo, and by virtue of Dublin's awesome championship form, there existed "a sense with a certain amount of people in Donegal that they wouldn't want to see us going up and getting demoralised".
"But the bottom line is," he added, "it's a championship match. We're 70 minutes from an All-Ireland final and we have to do everything in our power to get to that final."
Meanwhile, former Donegal player Kevin Cassidy has described McGuinness's comparison of Dublin to Roman Abramovich's Chelsea as "a silly comment" stressing that "Dublin don't need any more ammunition" ahead of Sunday.
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