The arrival of Jose Mourinho’s side in East Yorkshire poses a big test for the Tigers, but it’s one that the manager is confident will be met head on.
“The one thing we’re going to have to do is play well,” said Bruce.
“When you look at Chelsea and the team they can put out, we’re going to have to defend well and pose a threat when we’ve got the ball.
“The quality running through the Chelsea squad is there for everybody to see and they have the outstanding manager in Mourinho. They’re rumbling along very nicely and they’re going to be there or thereabouts in every competition because they have a manager that has proven himself to be as good as there is and he’s got a squad of players that, although in a little bit of transition, there’s no disputing the quality.
“With Mourinho in charge, they also have that desire.
“We have played well in these games so far, although maybe not got the results. We’ve given all of them a run for their money and let’s hope that continues.
“But we know that, on their day, these teams can come and give you a hiding so we have to be at our best.”