Adelaide defender Daniel Talia says he’ll need a little help from his friends to quell Sydney ace Lance Franklin in Saturday night’s AFL semi-final.
Talia, who describes Franklin as a freak, says he can’t do the job by himself.
“I will just compete like I do every week and it will be a team job,” Talia told reporters on Monday.
Talia said he had taken note of how Greater Western Sydney and their co-captain Phil Davis kept Franklin goal-less in Sydney’s qualifying final loss.
“As a team they played him really well. It wasn’t just Phil that stopped him, the whole team was getting into him,” Talia said.
“I will spend the majority of time on him and I will just compete and hope the ball is coming in high and long and then I can go to work.
“The key to any final is pressure on the ball and winning the contest and you saw on the weekend Greater Western Sydney did that.
“He (Franklin) is a great player and can do all sorts of things, so we’re going to rely on a team effort … it’s a team aspect to every game.”
Adelaide enter the semi-final buoyed by a 62-point elimination final victory against North Melbourne.
But Talia was mindful the Crows also won an elimination final last season before losing a semi-final, to eventual premier Hawthorn.
“We have last year as a learning experience,” he said.
“It’s a bit about attitude and not getting ahead of yourself.
“And we’re under no illusions…we have only made the last six.
“You want to win the whole thing, so we haven’t achieved what we want to yet.”