"I met him for the first time in Japan - he's been my friend for 10 or 12 years now.
"I like him as a coach. If I chose five coaches in the world as the best, he'd be one of the five.
"I watched their game against Manchester United and it was one of the best games in the Premier League. This game against Chelsea will be like that as well."
Scolari goes into the game without Didier Drogba, who is serving a three-match ban for throwing a coin at Burnley fans during Chelsea's shock Carling Cup defeat.
The 30-year-old striker was back in the headlines on Monday after he reportedly met Inter Milan's sporting director Marco Branca in a Fulham restaurant to discuss a potential January transfer window move to the San Siro.
But Scolari, who left Drogba on the bench for Wednesday's Champions League draw with Bordeaux, says he believes the Ivorian is committed to Chelsea.
"Every minute in the day, I think he's happy," he added.
"He has my support every day - injured or not injured. I'm sure he's 100% committed to the club.
"All I know is that he can't play against Arsenal. I have to be thinking about the Arsenal game, not what might happen in 2010 or 2011."
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