Declan Bonner insists Donegal are not resigned to finishing behind Dublin in Group Two of the Super 8s.
The Ulster champions are in the same section as Dublin, Tyrone and Roscommon and the general consensus is that the Sam Maguire Cup holders will win their three games, resulting in a fight for second-place to see who joins them in qualifying from the group for the last four.
And Donegal face the toughest possible opening to their round-robin programme when facing the Dubs in their own backyard this weekend.
"Donegal are not going up to Croke Park just to have a look around," their manager tells The Irish News. "We are taking every match on its merit and we are going up to try and get us a performance that will hopefully get us a result and that's the bottom line.
"It is a very difficult group and we have Roscommon away the next week and Tyrone at home. It will not be easy, but ultimately we want to be in that top two to get into an All-Ireland semi-final. That is the next goal and that is the next job that starts for us next Saturday night against Dublin."