Dublin's Leinster SFC final dismantling of Louth has convinced Philly McMahon that they are good enough to regain the Sam Maguire this year.
However, the eight-time All-Ireland winning defender still thinks they are behind Kerry, Mayo and Galway in the rankings.
“Kildare probably poked the bear a little bit (in the Leinster SFC semi-final) and that gave the lads a bit of motivation going into the Leinster final,” he told gaa.ie at the the EirGrid Timing Sponsorship launch yesterday.
“Was it the best I've seen them play? There's parts of it I watched and I was buzzing from it. The goal where James (McCarthy) punches it and then they're just ruthless going straight for the black spot I think that's what we need to see with Dublin.
"Because they're going to play teams that are not going to be as open. Or they're going to be more defensive structurally and the forwards aren't really going to have those opportunities. So it was great to see that when they got the chances they took them.
“I think they have the potential to win it. But they are not at the top at the minute, no definitely not.
“I’d probably have Kerry, Mayo and Galway on a level playing field and Dublin probably just underneath them with a couple of other counties.”Tweet