Russia's midfield star Andrei Arshavin said Friday his team would be happy to take a point from Group Four rivals Germany when the pair meet in their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier on Saturday.
The 27-year-old Zenit St Petersburg star was one of Russia's most eye-catching performers during UEFA EURO 2008 where his side reached the semi-final by playing attractive attacking football.
"It would be a good result if we could take a point away with us," said Arshavin.
Groups leaders Germany will be at full strength with captain Michael Ballack and midfielder Torsten Frings back from injury playing behind strikers Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski.
"The most dangerous part of the German team is their attack," said the attacking midfielder. "And a team in which Michael Ballack plays is already dangerous."
Dortmund's 80,000-seater Signal Iduna Park stadium is an intimidating venue for visiting teams, but Arshavin insists his attack-minded side have no fear.
"To play in such a stadium is extremely difficult for visiting teams, but in our team there are people who don't fear anything," said the Russian.
Russia coach Guus Hiddink has a few injury worries with striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, defender Denis Kolodin and midfielder Dmitry Torbinsky all ruled out.
With Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke injured, the Russians will be up against debutant Rene Adler from Bayer Leverkusen.
Hiddink to attack
And the 61-year-old Dutchman agrees with his midfielder a point would be a good result for Russia, but his side will not play defensively.
"To come to Germany and get a point from a stadium like the one we see in Dortmund would be an absolute top result," said Hiddink, whose side beat Wales 2-1 in Moscow last month. "It is not our style to play defensively and it would also be the wrong thing to do.
"If you use too many defenders, it just creates space for the attackers," he added. "We have analysed the Germans in detail. We know that they rarely lose their concentration and will score goals right up until the last seconds.
"A Germany team will never give up."
Russia caught the imagination during EURO 2008 with impressive wins over Sweden and the Netherlands.
"But we do not belong yet belong amongst the best teams in the world," said Hiddink. "This impression comes from the European Championships and we must now confirm it.
"It is important for Russian football that we progress step by step and not just when the big tournaments are on," he said. "We must ensure that we can say: The European Championship was the start of a new era of Russian football."