Anthony Daly has revealed that he expected Galway to be fiercely fit when they faced his Dublin side in the Allianz Hurling League last weekend.
Dublin lost the encounter 0-20 to 0-13 at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.
Daly told The Irish Times: “Yeah, the stories were that they were putting in an unmerciful effort and I came here to watch them in the Walsh Cup final and while that didn’t go their way you just had to be impressed with their physique.
“Particularly Joe [Canning], who wasn’t playing [on Sunday], and thank God – we could have been worse off but in fairness, Niall Burke’s free-taking was top class.
“We weren’t good in that department either. But even that day in the Walsh Cup – Iarla Tannian and Joe and those – you could see they were in fine shape for the time of the year.
“Look, in this day and age, everyone knows what everyone else is doing and you hear the stories about the savage running that they are doing, so it is obviously paying off.
“Everyone is going hard [in his own Dublin squad], sure, that’s the way it is.
“It just seemed on the day that the Galway lads wanted the 50-50 balls more than we did. Why that is I just don’t know.
“Everything seemed right during the week. We were happy with the preparation and with ourselves coming into it but it just didn’t happen for us on the day.
“I will have to have a look at the DVD now and see what the story was.
“Liam Rushe picked up a bit of a hip injury so he will go for an MRI and Peter Kelly, his knee has been at him slightly.
“It’s nothing like a cruciate or anything, it is kind of strain . . . you’d have to talk to the physios for the correct terminology so he will be under pressure for two weeks’ time. So hopefully it will give them a bit of time and he might just make it."