Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is arguably the best manager in world football.
The two Premier League tacticians went head-to-head in Saturday's clash at St James' Park, with the Magpies coming out on top with a 2-0 victory against the Blues.
Newcastle desperate to make amends for their defeat in the Tyne-Wear derby, and successfully overcame the most organised defence in the division, with goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy.
"They have a manager who is arguably the best in the world,” Pardew told The Evening Chronicle in the build-up to the lunchtime clash. "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."
However, Pardew encouraged his team to put up such displays as they did against Manchester City.
"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 last weekend by jumping into the crowd to celebrate Chelsea's victory, 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."
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