Ahead of their meeting this weekend, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has described Jose Mourinho as 'arguably the best manager in the world'.
The Blues will be motivated to claim the top spot, making the task even more difficult for Pardew's side.
And the former West Ham boss is realistic about how difficult it will be to get something out of the game.
"They have a manager who is arguably the best in the world,” Pardew told the 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."
Having disappointed fans with derby-defeat, Pardew was impressed with Newcastle's performance against City.
And he believes a performance like Wednesday night's can be a platform for future success.
"That performance will trigger results," he claimed. "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."
Defeat for Newcastle could see them drop worryingly close the relegation zone, with the Magpies currently three points away from Norwich in 18th.
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