Sydney superstar Adam Goodes has defended his recent form despite a growing public perception the dual Brownlow Medallist has been well below his best in recent weeks.
A quad injury suffered in the Round 6 clash against this weekend's qualifying final opponents Adelaide sidelined the veteran for five matches.
While there have been some positive signs in recent weeks, he has rarely been at his brilliant best since his enforced lay-off.
But the man himself doesn't subscribe to the widely-held theory he is heading into the AFL finals series out of nick.
"Well that's what everybody's saying but I know from inside (the club) I'm not getting any pressure from coaches or players about my form," Goodes said.
"On the weekend (at Simonds Stadium) it was good to run around and play on a bigger ground like we're going to be playing on in Adelaide this week and I feel like I'm up and about.
"It's finals footy, it doesn't matter what's happened in the last 23 weeks, we've got two finals games guaranteed and I'm just looking forward to leading the boys out there and trying to get a couple of victories."
The Crows scored a hard-fought five-point win over the Swans in the only regular-season meeting between the two sides at the SCG, and enter the finals having won four of their past five matches.
In contrast, the Swans have limped into September with three losses from their final four fixtures.
But Goodes said Sydney's recent form and the early-season loss to Adelaide will count for nothing at AAMI Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
"It was so long ago that we played them now so we'll look at their last month of football and see their form and go through their tapes and how they're playing," he said.
"But they're up and about, they're playing good footy, they're confident, they've got a home final and they're going to have a big crowd supporting them.
"It's going to be an action-packed game on Saturday afternoon and that's what we're really looking forward to, getting over there for another big final where everything's against us."
And Goodes urged his team-mates not to overplay their hand in a bid to get the Swans over the line at a venue they have lost eight of their past nine matches.
"We're not asking any player to come out and do more than what they've been able to do this season," he said.
"Finals footy's a different kettle of fish, the pressure goes up but one thing I do know is you don't need to personally play better.
"You just need to go out there and play your role for the team and that's what we've been able to do in the past when we've won big finals is everybody just plays their role."We're not asking individuals to go up and beyond what they've been able to produce this season, because when you start to do that that's finals can start to bite you in the butt I reckon."