Monday 20 November 2017

'There's no way Jim McGuinness would beat these guys again with that Donegal team' - Joe Brolly

31 August 2014; Donegal manager Jim McGuinness with Dublin manager Jim Gavin at the end of the game. GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Donegal, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
31 August 2014; Donegal manager Jim McGuinness with Dublin manager Jim Gavin at the end of the game. GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Donegal, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
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With each passing year, Donegal's defeat of Dublin's looks more and more impressive as Jim Gavin's men continue to add All-Ireland titles to their collection - and Joe Brolly is convinced that if the sides played again now there would be a very different result.

Dublin haven't lost a championship match since Jim McGuinness' side destroyed them on the counter-attack in 2014, with Gavin subsequently curbing his side's attacking tendencies by installing Cian O'Sullivan as a sweeper.

The back-to-back All-Ireland champions haven't hit the same offensive heights in the intervening years, but have become far tougher to beat, and Brolly thinks that Dublin would have all the answers if they faced McGuinness' side today.

Speaking on The Throw-In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast, Brolly explained how Dublin learned the lessons of 2014 and are now adept at taking on that style of play.

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"Jim [Gavin] was convinced that his all-out attacking style would beat them [Donegal] but like the Borg, they have assimilated that style of football and learned how to beat it," Brolly said.

"There is no way that Jimmy would beat these guys again with that Donegal team. Absolutely no chance. I think absolutely no chance. The Dubs deal effortlessly with blanket defences now. The Dubs are quicker, the Dubs are stronger all over the field. They have so many scorers all over the field. They know the game inside out. Their baseline is that they start with skill-based football. They are a learning team and think they would have far too much."

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