Daniel Talia of the Crows gets a handball away against the Cats.
Daniel Talia of the Crows gets a handball away against the Cats. JULIAN SMITH

Swans and Giants the ones to watch, says Crows star

ADELAIDE defender Daniel Talia has identified Sydney and Greater Western Sydney as the most realistic premiership threats to the top-finishing Crows on the eve of the finals.

Talia, who is expected to return from an ankle injury in Adelaide's qualifying final against GWS next Thursday, singled out the threat from the north of the Murray and also spoke about the Crows' burning desire to win another flag.

"Depending on how results play, it looks like Sydney is the team that looks like it is going to go the whole way," Talia said. "I don't know if we're going to play them before that (the grand final).

"I'd say Sydney and the other team is obviously GWS but if we knock them off (in the first final) it gives us a good chance of not playing them (in the grand final).

"But they're the form sides of the whole year, along with us, and I think if we're there, it's going to be one of those two."

Talia also departed from the regulation talk of taking one week at a time.

He said that behind closed doors, it was not banned to elaborate on the dream of winning a flag.

"You obviously think about the flag all the time; that's why you play footy," Talia told ABC radio. "You've got to dare to dream to actually win it.

"You don't want to take it one week at a time; you want to win the big thing.

"But you've got to win the game, that's reality, and we're looking forward to the final.

"If we can get a win then we can start dreaming. But it's certainly in the back of your mind that you want to win the whole thing."

Talia also singled out Coleman Medallist Lance "Buddy" Franklin as a treat of an opponent.

 

Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates scoring his 10th against Carlton last week.
Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates scoring his 10th against Carlton last week. DAVID MOIR

Not only was it a challenge in containing him as a game breaker, it was also about keeping up when it came to sledging.

"There's different guys (opponents who challenge)," Talia said. "Buddy Franklin is always one.

"He's fun to play on because you know at any time he can kick an amazing goal on you.

"But at the same time, if you play well on him it's a really good thrill.

"It's fun to play on him. He's always pretty lippy.

"I love having a bit of a chat with my opponents. It helps get you in the moment and get in that competitive spirit.

"But you don't want to get too lippy on a great player like that because if he kicks three or four in 10 minutes - which he can do - it backfires on you.

"But you don't want to be intimidated at the same time and you want to stand up for yourself.

"The more experienced you get, the older you get, the more you can lip off."

Talia and captain Taylor Walker (toe injury) were rested for the final home-and-away game of the season but are expected to return for the Giants at Adelaide Oval next Thursday night.

"I'll be fine to play; I'll be right," Talia said.

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