Sunday 18 March 2018

'Traditional values go out the window' - Colm Cooper expects Kerry to change approach Newsdesk Newsdesk

Kerry legend Colm Cooper is expecting former teammate Eamonn Fitzmaurice to deploy very different tactics when the Kingdom come face-to-face with Mayo again this Saturday.

Writing in today's Irish Independent, Tomás Ó Sé claims it is too late in the season for Kerry to try a sweeper system but the Gooch believes yesterday's performance may force Fitzmaurice's hand.

They have done it in the past when Fitzmaurice mirrored Donegal's defensive structure in the 2014 All-Ireland final win.

"It will change the complexion of the game. Kerry will have to go back and look at it," Cooper told the Sunday Game.

"It goes against their traditional values... that goes out the window.

"It's about getting to an All-Ireland final. Kerry have done this in the past, don't think they haven't.

"If you think back to the 2014 final against Donegal, they set up completely differently.

"I'd be hugely surprised if Eamonn Fitzmaurice sets up the same way as he did today and Kerry will change some of the personnel as well.

"I don't see them conceding 2-14 next week, I'll put it that way.

"Kerry have a lot to work on. They were quite naive defensively in how they set up. I thought they would have learned a lot more from the Galway game but they didn't appear to today. "

Ciarán Whelan has questioned whether Kerry have the requisite quality to overcome Mayo and believes next Saturday will provei if they have the mettle.

"I question whether Kerry are actually good enough, is this a really good Kerry team?

"I'm not too sure their defence is good enough and if they are going to compete with Mayo they are going to have to change things up.

"If they go with the same tactics the next day, Mayo will expose them badly and and if they change, are they able to change? That is the big question mark over Kerry.

"I'm swaying towards Mayo."


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