Monday 19 August 2019

Ó Sé: Seven-day gap will have big effect on Mayo

Former GAA star Tomas O'Se. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Former GAA star Tomas O'Se. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Tomás Ó Sé is confident that Mayo will be "ready to go" against Dublin in Saturday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final but the Kerry legend believes the quick turnaround of a week is "bound to have an impact".

Ó Sé believes two weeks are needed between games of such magnitude, but Mayo have just seven days to recover since a do-or-die clash with Donegal.

"I think it's more the whole mental side of it and the fact that they have to prepare

for the biggest game of the season and you only get seven days to do that. For an amateur, that's tough," Ó Sé said.

"You look at the likes of Tyrone and Mayo coming through the back door and playing seven games in eight weeks - every match that Mayo play is war and there's no doubt that it will have an impact.

"They'll say it probably won't but it has to have some impact, it has to. If you look at the way the hurling is spaced and the ideal situation is not to have it too long, two weeks of a break is ideal.

"A week to get over it and a week to focus in on the opposition.

"The turnaround is so quick and so hard. You're going begging to employers, 'Can I get a bit of time off here? Can I have some time to get proper recuperation sorted?' Get the right food, the right sleep, the right rest and that's what they have to do.

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"It's very hard on teams but you won't be hearing them complain. The Mayo lads are used to it at this stage, it's nothing new, it's only the fact that it's such a serious match and it's knockout.

"It was knockout for Mayo last week as well and it is tough. You'd understand why Dublin and Tyrone put out dummy teams."

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