Alan Pardew believes Jose Mourinho is "arguably the best manager in the world", with his Newcastle side set to host Chelsea on Saturday.
The Magpies will be desperate to make amends for their defeat in the Tyne-Wear derby, but face a Blues side enjoying a six-game winning streak.
Victory for Chelsea would see them leapfrog table-topping Arsenal, with the Gunners facing Liverpool later in the day, and Pardew admits he faces a tough test to better this Portuguese counterpart.
"They have a manager who is arguably the best in the world,” he told The Evening Chronicle. "You can see he is at the top of his game.
"Chelsea are difficult to break down and difficult to score against. It gives them a great platform to win games."
Newcastle took Manchester City into extra-time during Wednesday’s Capital One Cup fourth-round defeat, and their manager expects the resolute display to stand them in good stead for the game against Chelsea.
"That performance will trigger results," he insisted. "We look at the last four or five games and we've been pretty good.
"We have our fans backing with us at home and that is important. It is very important that they are behind us. It is important to have that to unsettle a big team."
Mourinho offended Manuel Pellegrini with an over-the-top celebration following Fernando Torres’ last-minute winner against Manchester City last weekend, but Pardew believes such antics should not be taken too seriously.
"He's not jumping in my crowd," he joked. "He's a great personality for the league.
"I don't need to give him any more credit. I just hope to turn them over and make them miserable."