Razvan Rat believes Shakhtar Donetsk have a real chance of reaching the Champions League final.
The 2009 Uefa cup winners face Borussia Dortmund in Germany tomorrow after drawing 2-2 in Donetsk, but the club's longest-serving player is undaunted by the task at hand.
"Shakhtar have reached a certain level now, where we can play on an equal footing with the great European teams, and we have a real chance to progress towards the final," the 31-year old told Uefa.com.
The left-back is in his 10th season at the Donbass Arena after moving to Ukraine from Rapid Bucuresti back in 2003 and he revealed his pride at the club's progress in recent years.
"We are a team who have brought a very positive image to Donetsk, and to Ukraine in general," he added.
"We have also developed a positive image for ourselves. Certainly, it is very important that the name Shakhtar is in the foreground when people talk about football."
And having made seven Champions League appearances this term, Rat believes he is still improving as a player in European competition.
"Every game in the Champions League gives you experience and confidence in your own ability, particularly when you win," he stated.
The reigning Ukrainian champions have qualified for the quarter-finals only once before, when they were eliminated by Barcelona in 2011.