Galway boss Kevin Walsh has admitted that the rest of the teams in the country are playing catch-up to Dublin at present.
Walsh's side went down on a 1-24 to 2-12 score-line to the Dubs in this evening's All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park and after the game he did not dispute the theory that the capital men are currently out on their own.
"It looks that way at the minute," Walsh is quoted saying by GAA.ie. "They are highly experienced, they probably get stronger as the summer goes on, and they have a huge panel and they know each other inside out so it's up to ourselves and everyone else to close the gap.
"When we look at this at the end of the year, I keep talking about end of year accounts, we'll look at ourselves to see if we have made progress or not, and if we can keep closing the gap on the tops teams that what we have tried to do up to today.
"I just said to the boys there you never know who will be in the dressing room next year, things change all the time, so we'll look at ourselves and see what we have achieved."