It should be quite an occasion - the famous ‘Yellow Wall’ of fans at the 80,000 capacity Signal Iduna Park and the teams placed second in both the Premier League and Bundesliga going head-to-head.
But Kieran insists the players will detach themselves from the occasion and concentrate on the job in hand - and that’s to secure a good result for the second leg at the Lane next Thursday (March 17).
“You only have to look at the quality they have and the atmosphere in the stadium and it’s a game we’re all looking forward to,” said Kieran, who has played all eight Europa League matches so far this season.
“It will be a great occasion but we’ll put the occasion to one side. We’ll focus on our game plan and try to execute it. We’re all determined to go there and get the win, that’s our target.
“They have quality players in every position - so have we. We’ve worked on getting our tactics right and I’m sure we’ll see the attacking football we all love from both teams.”
Kieran says the experience of playing in Europe has certainly brought on his all-round game. “It’s a completely different style of play to when I was at Burnley and a great experience for me personally to play against teams from different countries, with different styles. It’s been really enjoyable and hopefully there will be plenty more games to come.”