COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: Jim McGuinness has insisted that his players have got to believe they can defeat Dublin when the two sides clash at Croke Park on August 31st.
Donegal have been written off by many pundits and journalists and some bookmakers in Dublin are offering odds of 10-1 for a Donegal win.
Many feel Dublin will have too much pace and power for Donegal and expect them to win comfortably.
It’s surprising considering Donegal won the All-Ireland in emphatic fashion in 2012.
In fact, in his first two years in charge of Donegal, the only match McGuinness lost was against Dublin in 2011, in which inexperience at the time probably cost them the result.
2013 was a blip for Donegal, injuries coupled with a lack of intensity and hunger of the previous two campaigns resulted in them surrendering their Ulster and All-Ireland titles.
However, this year they’ve stormed back to win their third Ulster title in four years, and are looking formidable in defence and dangerous on the attack.
While pundits may be writing off Donegal’s chances, one thing is for sure, that the players and management of Donegal come 3.30pm on August 31st will believe they can beat the Dubs and book their place in a second All-Ireland final in three years.
As McGuinness would say, “I believe they will achieve.”
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