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Mayo have what it takes to come out on top, says Horan

By Donnchadh Boyle

Former Mayo manager James Horan believes Tyrone pair Mickey Harte and Seán Cavanagh have an "inflated" view of Dublin after their All-Ireland semi-final hammering.

Cavanagh insisted the Dubs were the best team he'd ever played against, while Harte echoed those sentiments in the wake of their All-Ireland semi-final defeat at the hands of Jim Gavin's side, prompting many to predict a Dublin win in Sunday's All-Ireland final.

And while Horan agrees that Gavin's side have improved since last year, he believes Tyrone were architects of their own downfall.

"(Dublin) are definitely better than last year," said Horan, who will work as a pundit on Sky's coverage of Sunday's showpiece.

"I thought they were tired at the end of the season. They have Jack McCaffrey back and they have changed what they are doing and they are better than what they were. I think their strength and conditioning and how they have (approached) their season is right.

"Seán Cavanagh was saying a lot after the game as well but I just don't think Tyrone turned up on the day.

"I think that Mickey and Seán's opinion on Dublin might be inflated and it might make it a little bit easier on themselves than anything else.

"But Dublin are definitely better. They have players at the top of their game and look to be coming really into form so I'd agree with that side of it that they are a better version of last year."

Despite Dublin's improvement, he still believes his former charges are in a "great position" to end their long wait for Sam Maguire.

"Mayo have gone back to some of what has been very strong for them. Look at the replay against Roscommon, they just attacked from everywhere with support runners," he said.

"Taking risks, really trying to shake the game up. They did that in the later stages against Kerry as well. So Mayo are in a great position."

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