Borussia Moenchengladbach will welcome Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League playoff on Tuesday.
Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre led his side to a fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga last season, meaning they play in Europe’s premier club competition for the first time since 1978.
Their Ukrainian opponents beat Dutch side Feyenoord 3-1 on aggregate in the third qualifying round.
Favre believes a positive result against Kiev will be no easy task.
“Dynamo Kiev is a fantastic team. They play well. They have a lot of potential and are very creative. They are always dangerous for their opponents,” Favre said.
“And I don’t want to speak too much about individual players but there are some really good ones. But we want to get to the next round. We want to reach the Champions League. We know that is difficult but it is possible.”
Dynamo’s explosive start to the season, featuring seven straight victories, was ended in their most recent league outing on Saturday.
They are looking to reach the Champions League group stage for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
The return leg takes place in Kiev on August 29.