FC Dnipro coach Juande Ramos insists self-belief has enabled the Ukrainian club to defy expectations in the Europa League.
Top spot in Group F may already have been secured, but Dnipro are determined to finish off their pool campaign in style when they host AIK, who have failed to qualify for the knockout stages.
Ramos is especially satisfied as the more established European sides Napoli and PSV Eindhoven have been brought to heel.
``I think that it's thanks to the surprisingly good spirit within the group, especially since everyone thought initially that PSV and Napoli would be the teams to progress from this group,'' he said.
Ramos believes Dnipro can go on to become a major player in the region, providing they continue to receive strong backing
``We want to compete with teams like FC Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Zenit St Petersburg, FC Rubin Kazan and PFC CSKA Moscow,'' said the former Tottenham boss, who has been in charge since October 2010.
``But this depends on the ambition of the directors of the club in terms of showing they want strengthen the team.''
Dnipro have an impressive record at the Dnipro Arena, where they have won all three Europa League matches by two goals.
Alongside Lyon they are also the joint top scorers in the group stage having hit the target 12 times.
Swedish club AIK played their last match at Rasundastadion in the last round, losing 2-1 to Napoli.