Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup is a Tottenham admirer
MICHAEL Laudrup has warned Swansea City they must topple the best team he has seen all season if they are to bounce back to form this weekend.
Swansea are looking for a response to successive Premier League defeats when they host Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
And though Andre Villas-Boas's Champions League hopefuls are not in top form themselves, Laudrup is adamant that only Swansea's best will do.
Swansea were beaten 1-0 at White Hart Lane in December, and Laudrup is a big admirer of Spurs.
"It's obvious that the best team in the league this season have been Manchester United and they are going to win the title, but I have to say that of all the games we have played, the team who impressed me most were Tottenham," said the Swansea manager.
"They are strong, they have players with a lot of pace and individual skills, so they are difficult to play against.
"They have good full-backs, they are strong in the middle of defence, in midfield even without Sandro they have (Scott) Parker and (Mousa) Dembele.
"Then in the front they have (Jermain) Defoe, who is the kind of striker I like, (Aaron) Lennon - who may not be fit this weekend - and of course (Gareth) Bale, who is having maybe the best season of his career.
"If Lennon does not play they can use (Clint) Dempsey, (Gylfi) Sigurdsson or (Lewis) Holtby, so they are a very strong side."
Swansea look like being boosted by the return of Chico Flores, who has been back training this week having been out since February 9 with an ankle injury.
"Chico looks good," Laudrup added. "He still feels something in some movements, but that is normal. I think he is more or less there and, if he is fit, it's possible he could be in the line-up."