Galway's Damien Comer believes Dublin can be beaten in this year's championship.
Jim Gavin's all-conquering side is bidding to win the Sam Maguire Cup for a fourth year running but the Tribesmen pushed them close in the national football league Division One final at Croke Park, having held them to a draw at Salthill a fortnight earlier.
"There's no doubt they are a formidable side, but they are there to be beaten," Comer is quoted in The Irish Times. "Monaghan beat them the week before [the league final], we drew with them in Pearse Stadium, and we probably had chances to beat them in Croker as well, so they are there for the taking.
"But you can't stand back and admire them. They are a great team and if you stand back and admire them they'll show you how good they are. But if you can go at them and go toe to toe then you have every chance of taking them.
"If you're not physically up to it, not willing to make the early tackles, it will come against you. But the mindset too, if you don't believe you can beat them, and go in with a false mindset of trying to get close to them, or keep them within six or eight points, it's a waste of time. You are as well to lose by 20 points as losing by two or three, so it is a bit of both."