A 3-1 first-leg home defeat has left Lucien Favre's side massively up against it and their participation in the Champions League proper now hangs by the thinnest of threads.
Alexander Ring's first-leg opener took expectations at Borussia Park to new heights last time out, but quick-fire strikes from Kyiv's Taras Mikhalik and Andriy Yarmolenko followed by a Luuk de Jong own goal spelled a potentially premature end to the Foals' European fairytale. Favre's men didn't let their heads drop, though, bouncing back to beat 1899 Hoffenheim 2-1 in their Bundesliga campaign opener at the weekend, courtesy of goals from Mike Hanke and Juan Arango.
Favre's new-look side are not yet as decisive in the final third as they were en route to a fourth-placed finish last term however, with the shadow of the departed Marco Reus refusing to budge. Conversely, Kyiv appear to be hitting form at just the right time, having warmed up for the second-leg clash with a routine 2-0 win over Chernomorets on Saturday to close the gap on league leaders Shakhtar Donetsk to three points.
ter Stegen: "Anything is possible"
Still, the Mönchengladbach players travel east in positive mood as they look to do the impossible at Kiev's Olympic Stadium. "Anything is possible", said goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. "Scoring first would unsettle the home side [and gives us] the best possible chance", added the young stopper.
This is not the first time a Bundesliga club have found themselves in precisely this position. VfB Stuttgart suffered a 3-1 home reverse against Feyenoord in the 1998/99 Uefa Cup, but managed to complete a remarkable turnaround on Dutch soil, winning 3-0 on the night. And it's that sort of odds-defying performance that ter Stegen and Co will need to replicate to avoid their Champions League adventure coming to a premature end.