Legendary coach Mick Malthouse has sounded an ominous warning to rivals Hawthorn ahead of this weekend’s semi final clash in Melbourne.
Malthouse says that despite an unsteady road in their last few games after a week off and with time to regroup the Magpies are completely focussed on getting the win this weekend and getting into yet another Grand Final.
“We’ve had a lot of changes … through the year and we’ve managed well to hide the fact we were hurting from players out injured or suspended,” Malthouse said.
“We kept that focus away from anyone, particularly the media, which may have painted a different picture for us.
“We knew as a match committee what we faced and we stayed very positive to make sure they (the players) didn’t focus on who wasn’t playing, so that’s been a bonus.
“The bonus is we’ve got them back and they’ve all played football. We’ve had a week off to up-train some and down-train others.”
Collingwood are hot favourites to claim back to back premierships despite the fact they copped a hammering from Geelong a matter of weeks ago.
Before a potential shot at retribution though they’ll have to pass through a Hawthorn outfit that continues to find ways to win games.
Malthouse says though that experience means plenty when it boils down to this time of the year.
“We’ve been there and done it, although there are some who haven’t and they’ve come to this football club with a massive hunger for wanting to get there and we know we’re not there yet,” Malthouse said.
“Those players have kept their focus. I’m talking about Leon Davis, Andrew Krakouer, Chris Tarrant.
“Leon is his 14th season, Chris his 12th and their hunger has been profound to the point where our younger players feel an obligation to them and haven’t allowed (the success of) last year get in the road.
“I’ve told them, ‘don’t tighten up, you’re not defending anything’.”
“That was 2010, you’re not defending 2010, no one can take that off you.”
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