Football - Warnock warns of threat from Spurs

Tottenham are an even better team than Chelsea, according to Leeds United manager Neil Warnock.

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The Whites claimed the Premier League scalps of Everton and Southampton before a second-half capitulation against the Blues before Christmas, but have another chance to impress against top-flight opposition at Elland Road.

Tottenham have grown into the season under manager Andre Villas-Boas and produced an exhilarating performance against Manchester United last weekend which leaves them third in the table, ahead of the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.

"They're an excellent team and when you watch them get 61 per cent possession against Manchester United, you realise what you are up against," he said.

"I didn't see a weakness in them last weekend. They are playing with a freedom and are relaxing now that Andre Villas-Boas has got his feet under the table. I think they'll be pushing the top two soon.

"If you look at their team from one to 11, they have everything that I look for in a team. Pace, power, strength and entertainers. I think they are a better side than Chelsea."

Warnock heads into another day in the spotlight with circumstances at his own club far from harmonious.

Just two weeks ago, a large percentage of the fans who travelled to Barnsley for a 2-0 defeat called for his head, while long-serving midfielder Michael Brown and summer-signing Luke Varney have become targets for the boo-boys.

Shots on target have been cheered sarcastically and relations were not helped this week with the news that leading scorer Luciano Becchio has submitted a transfer request, with Warnock claiming the player has been distracted by foreign bids.

Press Association Sport understands that Becchio's preference is to remain with Leeds, but with Warnock saying owners GFH Capital will not be budging on their offer of a new deal, a departure looks likely.

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