Brian Cody has spoken in glowing terms of Tipperary ahead of Sunday week's All-Ireland SHC final.
Cody, who is seeking his 12th Liam MacCarthy Cup as Kilkenny manager, has hailed Tipp's "guts and courage" after they fought back to beat Wexford with 14 men.
"You can talk about Tipperary forever, talk about their skill and it is magnificent, and their scoring potential is super," he told the Irish Daily Mirror at Kilkenny's recent press night.
“I suppose you go to the last match they played against Wexford, the last 25 minutes of that game, they had 14 players on the field against a team that were playing really, really well at the time. And you were wondering can Tipperary can cope with this challenge?
“And suddenly, they found something that brought them to a whole new level. And I am not saying this because we are playing them. This is the truth, this is what happened.
“The character they showed, the resilience they showed and the sheer determination and ambition they showed was top-drawer and they hurled themselves into the game.
“Against all the odds, they just came out and won the game and it was a phenomenal display of guts and courage and everything that you would love a team to have.”
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