The question is a simple one - which of these two teams has the more improving to do?

The answer is far from straightforward, however.

Both Dublin and Kerry will have left Croke Park after their All-Ireland final draw a fortnight ago with regrets, but also relieved that they didn't lose the game, something which could have happened either of them.

The Dubs have played far better in the past, the manner in which they swatted a capable Mayo team aside in the second half of their All-Ireland semi-final, for example.

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They certainly didn't hit their best against the Kingdom at the start of the month and it’s difficult to tell how much of that was down to their own shortcomings and how much was due to the pressure the Green and Gold exerted.

Kerry are without doubt a team on the rise and it’s hard to see another team beating Dublin before they do, be that this year or further down the line. What they will have learned about themselves the last day will be invaluable in their development and they will get better.

They started behind the Boys in Blue though and it is unclear whether they are yet ready to overtake them.

Seán O'Shea gets past Brian Fenton

Let’s start with the Dubs. They played more than half of the game with 14 men following Jonny Cooper’s red card, which came at a stage when they just appeared to be getting a grip on this game – five points up and looking capable of strangling the life out of it.

They pushed out their lead to five again in the second half before eventually being reeled in, falling behind and then doing enough to earn a draw. They might even have won, but Dean Rock’s last-gasp free was from a difficult angle.

Their full-back line was left exposed by the lack of a sweeper and Cooper felt he had no choice but to repeatedly tangle with David Clifford, something that referee David Gough didn’t miss and punished with two yellow cards.

Manager Jim Gavin has huge faith in Cooper, his 2010 All-Ireland Under-21 winning captain, so expect him to go toe-to-toe with Clifford again. In that case the Na Fianna man would welcome some additional help in front of him.

Dublin’s leaders are Stephen Cluxton, Jack McCaffrey, James McCarthy, Brian Fenton, Con O’Callaghan, Paul Mannion and Ciarán Kilkenny and of this group only Cluxton, two game-changing saves and unreal off the tee, and McCaffrey, scorer of 1-03 from wing-back, delivered significantly throughout the draw game.

Kevin McManamon and Paul Murphy shake hands

Fenton is building the sort of career that will see him finish as one of the game’s greatest ever players and he had what could be described as his first bad championship game for Dublin. How he reacts will be one of the keys to the outcome.

Dublin’s bench, the useful Eoin Murchan aisde, made little impact and the fact that Gavin only made one permanent change before 67 minutes was instructive.

On the Kerry side, goalkeeper Shane Ryan defied the pressure and had a fine game both in open play and on his restarts.

The defence kept three of Dublin's starting forwards scoreless and limited Paul Mannion and Con O’Callaghan to a combined 0-03. That’s a job well done.

Action in the Kerry goalmouth during the drawn game

And in the middle Jack Barry and David Moran had the better of Fenton and Michael Darragh Macauley – so far so good. It was up front where they will feel they could have done better, missing a penalty, seeing one cleared off the line, hitting some poor wides and not mustering a single shot on target in the final ten minutes.

Like Dublin, three starting forwards were kept scoreless and six points from play were spread across three more. Their bench though did make a difference, Killian Spillane hitting 1-01 and Tommy Walsh chipping in with a point.

While Dublin will go down as one of the great football teams of all time, the truth is this group is closer to the end of its time at the top than the beginning. Kerry are on the upward swing and they have met along their respective trajectories.

Ultimately, it looks as though in the short-term the Dubs have the more improvement within them.

A few small tactical tweaks, a handful of personnel changes to the match day 26 and a couple of extra per cent from big game player who will be disappointed with their performance in the draw could be all it takes to land the five in a row.

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