Anthony Daly says he's not "overly convinced" by Galway ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final clash with Clare at Croke Park this Saturday.
The defending All-Ireland champions remain unbeaten in this year's championship campaign, although Kilkenny brought them to a replay in the Leinster final earlier this month.
Galway prevailed to retain their Leinster crown by a seven-point margin after a blistering start in the first half.
Kilkenny however, rallied from eleven points down to bring it back to a one-point game at one stage in the second half.
I don't know, I'm not overly convinced, I probably was at the start of the year but as the year has gone on I've been thinking they've been cruising away sort of and if our fellas could hit the best they can play, I'd give us a real chance.
Daly acknowledges that Galway are the best team in the country at the moment but speaking on RTÉ 2fm's Game On, he said he's unsure about their current form and believes that Clare can test them if they bring a big performance to Croke Park.
"Everyone is making Galway the hottest of favourites and I'm not so sure where the Galway form exactly is," he said.
"Their first game against Kilkenny in the Leinster final was poor enough really and [they] struggled. They improved an awful lot in the first half of the second game but then let Kilkenny back into it again.
"We [Clare] are coming on the back of a tough Munster campaign and a good solid victory against Wexford.
"If you go back 12 months that's probably exactly where Galway were coming from after beating Wexford in the Leinster final so I think the lads won't really fear Galway.
"But they'll respect them and know that this is a different Galway team in terms of the physicality they bring and the ball winners they have.
"We'll have to play our best and hope that Galway don't hit the heights. But I'd still go back to Galway last year [against] a malfunctioning Tipperary [in the All-Ireland semi-final] and it needed a bit of magic from Joe Canning [to get the winning score].
"And no disrespect to Waterford, they weren't really going to fear Waterford in the final because it wasn't Kilkenny or Tipperary or Cork even.
"I don't know, I'm not overly convinced, I probably was at the start of the year but as the year has gone on I've been thinking they've been cruising away, sort of, and if our fellas could hit the best they can play, I'd give us a real chance.
"Now maybe that's just my heart overruling my head but I think these guys have been so bitterly disappointed in the last five years by not being able to back up that All-Ireland that there is a chance there for them now. They'll go for it with open arms I think."
Daly added that that while Clare have produced 'flashes of brilliance' this year, they need greater consistency in their displays to get the better of Galway.
Former Galway dual star Alan Kerins was also speaking on Game On on Tuesday evening, and said that the draw against Kilkenny in the Leinster final was a 'blessing in disguise' for Micheál Donoghue's charges.
"I know they cruised through the first half of the Leinster championship round-robin and then they were poor in the drawn game but I thought the display they gave in the first of the replay against Kilkenny was unbelievable.
"Yes Kilkenny came back but what was most pleasing was that when Kilkenny came within that point, Galway upped it again and pulled away as seven or eight point winners. That steel and that character and that closing out that game is a very good sign of a team. Kilkenny had that and Galway closed them out quite easily.
"When they were really tested, they answered."
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