Ó Sé calls for 'more clarity in Kerry's game plan'

March 03, 2018

The Kerry players stand for the national anthem before their side's Allianz FL clash against Galway at Austin Stack Park, Tralee.
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Last weekend's loss to Galway has left Tomás Ó Sé worried that Kerry are placing all their eggs in one basket this year.

The five-time All-Ireland winner believes that too much of the Kingdom's focus is concentrated on dethroning Dublin and, as a result, they are vulnerable when it comes to facing defence orientated teams.

"As I see it, everything Kerry are trying to do right now is angled at trying, at some point in the future, to take down Dublin," he writes in today's Irish Independent.

"And playing the way Galway played in Tralee is not the answer.

"Eamonn Fitz knows that. He knows you need to man up against Dublin or get blown away. In other words, if you don't throw punches, you don't hurt them. Tyrone had that message handed to them last August in big, bright letters. Unless they change, it'll happen again."

Calling for 'more clarity in Kerry's game plan', Ó Sé - who is currently preparing for an All-Ireland Club SFC final appearance with Nemo Rangers - reveals his blueprint for breaking down a blanket defence.

"The movement of the Dubs' forwards is absolutely constant and it's always buttressed by attacking half-backs.

"I feel Kerry need to use the likes of Paul Murphy and Peter Crowley better in that regard. Because that's how forwards get the opportunity to come out on those loops the Dubs have perfected - by having additional bodies bombing forward.

"Otherwise, you end up just passing laterally in front of a defensive wall, hurting nobody. Look at Paul Mannion's goal for Dublin against Mayo. It came against packed defence and was all down to the movement around him. 

"That has to be the message: You must keep moving and at pace."

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