Steve Bruce hailed Jose Mourinho as ‘one of many greats’ forward of Newcastle’s Premier League conflict with Tottenham.
Bruce has confronted Mourinho 11 instances throughout his managerial profession and continues to be ready to get his first victory.
In actual fact, the previous Birmingham, Wigan, Sunderland, Hull and Aston Villa boss has taken simply two factors off ‘The Particular One’.
The 59-year-old lavished reward on Mourinho forward of the 2 groups assembly on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
Talking to talkSPORT, he mentioned: “His groups have definitely modified as a result of the personnel have modified however what you already know, it’s the great thing about the Premier League for me, is that you’re going towards one of many greats right here.
“If you happen to look again on it and what he’s achieved already and he’s nonetheless received the starvation for it and the need. You might be speaking about one of many nice names that has come right here, let’s be honest.
“The Particular One was fairly particular when he arrived and took the Premier League by storm.
“I’ve received the hugest of respect as a result of 2004 to now could be an extended, very long time and he’s nonetheless received the starvation to go and be what he’s.
“His groups are at all times going to be arrange immaculately. They’ll be nicely drilled, nicely organised and tough to play towards. At all times a menace.
“We all know what to anticipate. He’ll take some beating, as at all times, however we are going to attempt our greatest.”
Bruce additionally mentioned his Newcastle aspect may need a slight higher hand as a result of Spurs’ midweek travels as a result of Europa League commitments.
He added: “We performed the night time earlier than however it wasn’t Macedonia. It was very tough for all the large golf equipment. My expertise with it’s the fixed journey. It’s not simply enjoying the sport in Macedonia it’s the fixed journey.
“It’s tiring as of late. That they had an excellent consequence. They’ve received an additional day to the Sunday. They’re an excellent aspect.
“We’ll need to play nicely and hope we are able to repeat final yr’s efficiency.”