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Laudrup: Spurs a cut above

Michael Laudrup is preparing to welcome the Premier League's 'most impressive' side to Swansea this weekend.

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Michael Laudrup: Pinpointed Tottenham's Jermain Defoe as a major threat

Michael Laudrup: Pinpointed Tottenham's Jermain Defoe as a major threat

Manchester United head into Easter with a 15-point lead at the top and a 20th English title looking like a formality, but Laudrup has been more struck by Saturday's visitors to south Wales.

Tottenham won 1-0 at White Hart Lane when the teams met in December and are aiming to become the first side this season to complete a league double over City.

Laudrup said: "Of course Manchester United will win the title, but the team I have been most impressed with this season is Tottenham.

"They have pace and individual skill. They are so difficult on the counter attack."

Gareth Bale returns to his home country on a run of 11 goals in 11 Spurs games, but Laudrup said: "You can't think just about Gareth Bale, who is probably having his best season.

"Jermain Defoe is top class. He has pace and individual quality, he is the type of striker I like."

Swansea are expecting seven players back from international duty ahead of the weekend, but their manager believes the break could have more of an effect on Spurs.

"You never know after an international break," he said. "The big teams may have something like fifteen players away playing on a Tuesday and then travelling back, but for us here it is a little different."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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