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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Let's up our game

Macauley warns Dubs must improve as other teams lie in wait

MICHAEL Darragh Macauley has stressed that Dublin "have to up it again from last year" if they are to repeat their provincial and All-Ireland successes.

"There's no big secret about that," he told The Herald. "We will have to up it again from last year."

"All the other teams are going to push on and have a look at what we did last year. It's only natural."

Dublin are going for a fourth Leinster title on the spin against Meath on Sunday and a possible ninth in ten years. However, the Royals should, on form, pose a more stringent test for the Dubs who have become accustomed to a straight forward path to the All-Ireland quarter-final stage.

Just one team (Kerry 2006 and '07) have put All-Ireland titles back to back within the past 24 years and Macauley says as champions, opposition managers have already devised game plans to beat Dublin.

"We would have obviously looked at what Donegal did in 2012 and to see how to improve ourselves," he explained.

"Everyone's going to be wiseing up, sharpening their tools for the business end of the season. It's just being ready for the big days.

"Hopefully there's a few this summer and none bigger than this Sunday against Meath."

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