Paul Lambert admits he's delighted to see Jose Mourinho back in the Barclays Premier League.
Mourinho rejoined the Blues in the summer after spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid following his departure from Stamford Bridge in 2007.
And Villa boss Lambert says the Barclays Premier League is a better place for having the self-appointed 'Happy One' in the top-flight dugout.
He said: "I think he's a brilliant manager. He's done it in every country he's been in. You don't do that unless you know what you're doing.
"So he must be a brilliant football manager. He seems to get people to play for him. He's been fabulous for the game here.
"The Premier League is better for Jose being here, absolutely no doubt.
"He has won everything in more or less every country he's been in.
"He has won the Champions League twice with two different teams, which is not an easy thing to do.
"There's no two ways about it, to get him back in this country is great for the league."
Mourinho, meanwhile, has praised Villa in his pre-match press conference.
The Portuguese hailed Lambert's Lions as a team of quality and said that the win at Arsenal wasn't too big a shock to him.
He added: "It was not such a big surprise to see them win because Villa can do that to any one of the contenders.
"If you see the stats on last season they had more points away from home than at Villa Park so they are a team with quality to play away, to play the counter-attack game they played at The Emirates."
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