Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis eager to see if Jose Mourinho is equally charming after losing to him

Pulis fancies his chances of upsetting Chelsea this weekend. Photo: PA

Tony Pulis was charmed by Jose Mourinho when Chelsea beat Crystal Palace in December, but now wants to inflict defeat on the Portuguese.

Palace welcome Premier League leaders Chelsea to Selhurst Park on Saturday, with their own top-flight status still in the balance.

Pulis, who was appointed as Ian Holloway's replacement in November, is looking to become the first man to keep a Palace side in the Premier League beyond a single season.

And, after his side went down to a closely-fought 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge, Pulis is hoping to get his own back on Blues manager Mourinho, who he holds in high regard having only come up against him for the first time last year.

"For me Jose is one of the elite managers in the world," Pulis said.

"If you look at his record he has managed the great teams and the great teams need to win and he does that for them. He doesn't just do it on home soil, but does that away as well.

"I met him after the game at Stamford Bridge and he's interesting.

"Whether you like him or dislike him for what he is, there is no doubting he is a top manager. The time I had with him was charming, but they had just beaten us. It would be nice to see on Saturday if he's charming."