I get this I really do, midfield is always a good platform, starting point, but I believe with the reemergence of David Moran and the mark plus Jack Barry going well for Kerry people are forgetting about where Dublins real strengths are.
We haven't had an orthodox midfield since whelo and Ryaner, one big man one forager.
Midfield is a middle six battle ground now the majority of Dublins good play comes from Cluxtons restarts, which is very rarely a lump up the middle or from our ability to turnover the ball in and around our 45 and get scores from there.
When you look at it in the cold heart light of day, even not playing well against lower tier division 1 teams we usually put up a score of 1-14/1-16.
For the life of me I cannot see how Monaghan can get that or better it.
McManus is a fabulously gifted player but on his best day he'll get you 7 from play where does the 1-8 to 1-10 they'd need to beat us come from?
McCarron, McCarthy? I'm not so sure.
Before anyone gets at me for complacency etc I'm just calling it as I see it.
Monaghan, respect them? Of course, they are battle hardened and an AI 1/4 finalist and deserve every bit of respect Jim and the lads give them.
Fear them? Not on your life, in my opinion they have not improved significantly enough since the league to warrant the thought that an upset is on the cards