Three-time All-Australian Nick Dal Santo has declared Sydney can’t win the premiership if they don’t change their style of play.
In an ironic twist, Dal Santo believes the traits that make the Swans so admirable are the same things that make them vulnerable, which was displayed in their 12-point loss to Geelong last night.
“I think, in my opinion after watching the game last night, they can’t win the premiership continually playing this way,” he told *SEN Breakfast*.
“I don’t know if they can change. They’ve been doing this under Paul Roos going back 10-15 years now. This has been the same style.
“In a lot of ways, the reason why we respect them is they don’t bottom out, that when you play the Swans, you know exactly what you’re going to get. It’s a combative two hours of footy. You walk off almost sorer than any other team.
“When they lose, I feel like the opposition can come in knowing exactly what they’re going to get from the Swans.
“You know where Josh Kennedy is going to be, you know what role Buddy (Lance Franklin) is going to play, you know Jake Lloyd is going to be getting handballs and a lot of uncontested possession off half back.
“You can go through everybody. You can almost to a man say, this is what he is going to do, and if I do this, my opponent will do this.
“You can manipulate and create little pockets of space, and all these smaller details, within a stoppage or passage of play.”
John Longmire’s men will look to bounce back against North Melbourne next Sunday.
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