We meet Bundesliga high-fliers Borussia Dortmund at their Signal Iduna Park base in the first leg of our Europa League round of 16 tie this evening (Thursday, March 10, kick-off 7pm local time, 6pm UK).
It represents the first time we’ve taken on a team from Germany since our 2-1 pre-season friendly win over Schalke at White Hart Lane back in August, 2014 – a match that marked Ben’s home debut following his move from Swansea City – and our first clash with a German side in UEFA competition since a 3-0 Champions League victory against Werder Bremen in November, 2010.
The test awaiting us tonight cannot be underestimated, with Dortmund having had more shots on (59) and off target (58) than any other side in this season's Europa League and their attack led by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has plundered 32 goals in 37 games in all competitions.
Left-back Ben isn’t taking anything for granted ahead of kick-off, but he insists the players are excited to be coming up against such a talented and high-profile side.
“These are the games we want to test ourselves in and we hope that we will do ourselves justice,” said the Welsh international.
“It’s always going to be tough going to different countries to play games but we haven’t played a German team yet in this competition so it’s a different test and hopefully something we can stand up to.
“It’s an exciting tie and it’s a good opportunity to play against some of the best players in the world who you wouldn’t necessarily play against in the Premier League.
“Dortmund are a huge club and we’re taking on some of the best in the business, but we’ve got to be confident going into every game and we have belief in the squad that we’re good enough as well so hopefully we’ll be able to get something out of this game to take back to White Hart Lane next week.”