Munich - has enjoyed great success since joining VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 2011. One thing he has not managed as yet however is a competitive goal for the Bundesliga outfit and, given that, the Denmark international seemed momentarily taken aback when asked if he would celebrate against his former club FC Copenhagen in Thursday's UEFA Europa League encounter (21:05 CET), should he hit the net. "I think I'd be too surprised to be wondering whether or not it was appropriate," he responded.

That said, the 27-year-old midfielder is all too aware that this is one "we have to win" against the Superligaen's unbeaten table-toppers. A grand total of one point from their previous two outings against Molde FK (0-2) and Steaua Bucharest (2-2) leaves the team from the Baden-Württemberg capital bottom of Group E.

Much-improved Stuttgart


On the domestic front, Stuttgart have been showing distinct signs of improvement after a poor start to 2012/13, collecting seven of their nine Bundesliga points in the last three games against Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen and 1. FC Nuremberg. Quite apart from the results, Kvist has noticed improvements in other areas recently, highlighting that "We're now much better both in terms of our shape and the communication out on the pitch."

Austrian international striker Martin Harnik warns that the nine-time Danish champions, who beat Molde at home and lost away to Steaua, are "on paper the strongest opponents" in the group, while Kvist expects "a confident, very compact side who will play good football, with a winning mentality."

"Better individual players"


Despite Stuttgart missing three potential starters in striker Cacau and full backs Tim Hoogland and Arthur Boka, Kvist believes VfB have more all-round quality in their squad than his former club, and "better individual players." It remains, however, for the hosts to demonstrate that fact on Thursday at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, he added.

Kvist himself is at any rate looking forward tremendously to the reunion: "The team are extremely motivated - I might be topping that by another five percent, though."

Possible line-ups:

VfB Stuttgart: Ulreich - Sakai, Tasci, Niedermeier, Molinaro - Kvist, Gentner - Harnik, Holzhauser, Traore - Ibisevic

FC Copenhagen: Wiland - Jacobsen, Sigurdsson, Stadsgaard, Bengtsson - Bolanos, Kristensen, Claudemir, Vingaard - Santin, Cornelius