Saturday 20 January 2018

Aidan O'Shea on Dublin, his brother, the hype . . .

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

DUBLIN The way they play, they are very expansive. They don't play a sweeper system but they bomb on from the half-back line so it can leave the full-back line isolated, but that depends on whether you can turn over the ball.

If they get up the field they have the chance to get back, but there are opportunities there.

REALISING POTENTIAL

There's a comfort in being an inter-county footballer if you want there to be and if you don't want to be ambitious and win things. But James (Horan) said on day one that we had the footballers to win the All-Ireland. It might have taken some lads a while to realise that. It didn't take me too long, but it might have taken a few boys until even after last year's All-Ireland final to realise it.

HIS BROTHER SEAMUS

He has been ravaged by injuries. He has his Gilmore (groin) done, ankle reconstruction, an Achilles problem. He's had it all. But he's a guy that when he's fit and gets a run of games, he's a quality player.

BLOCKING OUT THE HYPE

You have to live a normal life. I have people who have no interest in football, so I can chill out with them and they won't even ask the question. You won't block out all the hype; it's not possible. Some guys hide but I take it as it comes. If there's someone I don't want to talk to, I won't answer the phone. If there's someone on the street, I just pretend to answer the phone.

Irish Independent

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