Bruce is an unashamed fan of his opposite number and is looking forward to the extra frisson his presence will bring.
"The fact that Jose is back is a 'wow'," said Bruce.
"I'm delighted he's back because we need people like him. He's quite remarkable in what he has done and not just at Chelsea; he's gone to Italy and done it; he's gone to Spain and done it; he started in Portugal and done it.
"I'm sure they'll be there or thereabouts.
"If we ever wanted a wake-up call about what the Premier League is all about we'll get it at Chelsea. It's a tough start for us.
"It's going to be packed to the rafters, the interest is remarkable in the return of Jose and we couldn't have wanted a bigger test or a bigger challenge.
"Let's hope this makes up for a lot of those dark, horrible nights in the Championship."
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