Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis targets Chelsea win

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

Tony Pulis says that his Crystal Palace side are ready to take on Chelsea at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Crystal Palace will have their work cut out when they host Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Eagles will head into the Premier League encounter placed just above the relegation zone, three points clear of third-from-bottom Sunderland having played a game more.

On the other hand, the Blues are a point clear at the top of the table and hammered title rivals Arsenal 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

However, Palace gave Jose Mourinho’s side a run for their money in the reverse fixture back in December.

Fernando Torres gave Chelsea the lead in the 16th minute, but Marouane Chamakh equalised just before the half-hour mark.

Ramires’s strike before the break proved to be decisive, as Tony Pulis’s players stepped up their game in the second half.

Pulis will hope for a similar scoreline but in his team’s favour when Chelsea visit them at the weekend, although he has respect for his Portuguese counterpart.

"For me, Jose is one of the elite managers in the world," the 56-year-old told Sky Sports.

"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."

However, Pulis admits that irrespective of Palace's result against Chelsea, they still face an uphill struggle to retain their Premier League status for next season.

"It was always going to be tough (to survive in the Premier League)," conceded the Welshman.

"But it's not about 10 games. The Premier League is from start to finish, as we will see this year.

"It is not just about a run of 10 games. You have to keep going and working hard and the lads have been brilliant.

"In the last eight we have four at home and four away. It's all evened up and we're still three points out of the relegation zone which is not too bad."

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