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Hull City boss Steve Bruce admits he cannot wait to pit his wits against Jose Mourinho in their opening Premier League fixture.

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Steve Bruce and Jose Mourinho will lock horns at Stamford Bridge on Sunday

Steve Bruce and Jose Mourinho will lock horns at Stamford Bridge on Sunday

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The Tigers travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for what will be the first game of Mourinho's second spell in charge of Chelsea, and Bruce is delighted the Portuguese decided to return to England.

Bruce told Sky Sports News: "There's always a good story when Jose's around. He's a proper football man.

"He was with all the other Premier League managers in London on Monday and I think we're all delighted to see him again.

"When you look at the success he's had, winning the league in Spain, Italy and England, he's quite a remarkable character.

"It's going to be difficult for us but it will be a wonderful occasion to be a part of."

The three sides promoted from the Championship last season - Cardiff City, Hull and Crystal Palace - are favourites for relegation but Bruce believes Hull can hold their own in the top flight.

"We know how difficult it is for a newly-promoted club," he said. "Let's hope we can make a fist of it and enjoy it.

"We're certainly encouraged by what we've seen in pre-season. We're delighted with the players we've brought in and I'm sure there's a few more that we can add to make us better.

"The task is to stay in the division and copy the likes of Wigan, Swansea and Norwich, who have proven over the last few years that it's possible."

He added: "We couldn't have wished for a better start, or a more difficult one, but that's what the Premier League throws at you. Let's hope we can put on a bit of a show."

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