James Horan: "Dublin are going down there as the team to beat"

Kerry welcome All Ireland champions Dublin to Killarney this weekend

James Horan: "Dublin are going down there as the team to beat"

Dublin's Jonny Cooper with Donnchadh Walsh of Kerry. Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

All Ireland champions Dublin head to Killarney this weekend looking to keep their impressive unbeaten record intact and if they avoid defeat this weekend they will equal Kerry's 84 year old record of 34 games unbeaten.

Marc Ó'Sé and James Horan joined Ger Gilroy on Thursday's Off the Ball to preview the big game.

Speaking about what the Kerry player's focus will be, Marc Ó'Sé said: "There's a lot being made about the record but from Kerry's point of view, some of the players will probably use it as a motivation, others won't really think about it at all. It's good to have an angle going into a game and use the angle if there was one but at the end of the day I don't think it's going to have much influence on the game itself.

"Maybe the Dublin fellas will want to keep going and won't want to be the fellas that broke the mould but this dublin team at the end of the day is a phenomenal team. They've won what they're won because of strength and depth. They're different to all the other teams," he added.  

Ex Mayo boss James Horan has been impressed with the professionalism shown by the men from the capital and said: "We saw what they did to Mayo in the last game out. They'd see Mayo as one of their closest rivals and you saw the approach to the game there. They approach every single game they play in a very professional level so they'll be looking at Kerry and the potential Kerry have and they'll factor it into their preparation how keen Kerry will be in their own home patch in front of a packed house.

Dublin's Michael Darragh Macauley with Tom Parsons of Mayo. Image: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

"Dublin are going down there as the team to beat. They are the standard bearers and I'm sure the Kerry boys will be licking their lips to have a crack at this because...the Kerry guys are hearing what a panel Dublin have and how their young players coming through and how many have come back and that all adds up to help players prepare for a big game.

"Ultimately everybody wants to play big teams in big games in front of a big audience so  I think it's going to be a cracker down there," he added.