The talk is that Dublin left this match after them and that most of the players didn't perform to the level that they normally do or is expected from them.

I would argue that it was by far the best opposition they faced this year and that they were tactically and physically matched by a team from Kerry that I thought gave their best defensive display of the year.

Jim Gavin and his players know the talent he has. The players he has, what they have achieved down the years, what they have done on big days...

Great players react with answers on the field but I think Jim Gavin has a part to play in it too.

The defence, as a whole, can improve. Outside of Jack McCaffrey, who was outstanding, their normal, tight, mean defence just wasn't there.

The big question is do they play Cian O'Sullivan or Jonny Cooper as a sweeper? I don't think they will because the six Kerry forwards engage and I presume if Dublin have a sweeper, Kerry will try to hurt them by using the spare man, and they are good enough to hurt you with that spare man.

I think Jim Gavin has to reshuffle his defence. Will Cooper mark Clifford again? Will James McCarthy play at centre-back on Sean O'Shea? Will Eoin Murchin come in? If he does, does McCarthy go to midfield? This is where Jim Gavin will earn his corn this weekend.

Brian Fenton and Michael Darragh won't be happy with their displays. Neither will Niall Scully, Con O'Callaghan, Paul Mannion or Ciaran Kilkenny. All very good but not to the standards they expect. They didn't hurt Kerry on the scoreboard.

Don't think either that Kerry can't improve. They will.

Execution from the forward line wasn't great. Dean Rock kicked four points from play. Stephen O'Brien, David Clifford and Paul Geaney all played well but not to the level that they were expected to.

Jack McCaffrey (R) scored 1-03 in the drawn game

Gavin White's role is interesting, does he play? Do Kerry put Paul Murphy or Stephen O'Brien on Jack McCaffrey.

If the Dubs have any sense they will have John Small or Murchin on O'Brien. I would allow White to mark McCaffrey again, with different instructions because he certainly wasn't told to man-mark him all the time.

Kerry thought that the defensive unit would gobble up McCaffrey but it didn't, he's too good a player.

The players that played so well, Stephen Cluxton, Shane Ryan, David Moran, Dean Rock, McCaffrey, O'Shea... there is a huge challenge for them to do what they did the last day because teams will focus in on them and analyse exactly what they did and try to negate their influence.

Both teams weren't happy with the way they finished. If they get down the track at the end, Dublin will try to finish stronger and take their chances, Kerry will try to create more than they did.

It's going to be so hard to call but for me it will be the most clinical forward line that will win it.

Kerry were helped by the unsung heroes, Adrian Spillane, Tadhg Morley, Peter Crowley, Brian Begley. They stood up and I mention them specifically because I thought they might struggle the last day.

If they can hold the forward line, Kerry can win. If you flip it over, if Dublin's forwards turn up, it could go either way.

I'm going to slightly go for Dublin. The lads that were below par have done it on so many big days. There is good room for improvement. They are quality players.

I have a feeling they might step up that little bit more but I'll be glad if I'm wrong.

Tomas Ó Sé was speaking on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland.

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