Paderborn coach Andre Breitenreiter has said his side are "the most blatant outsiders in Bundesliga history" as he prepares to lead them into their first-ever top-flight season.
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The club, based in East Westphalia, shocked many by winning promotion to the Bundesliga last season -- and Breitenreiter said they would continue to play attacking football as they attempt to stay there
Eintracht Braunschweig and Greuther Furth both failed to cope with the transition from the second division in recent seasons, and pundits expect Paderborn to suffer the same fate.
"If you just look at our means and the conditions, then you see we're miles behind at the bottom," Breitenreiter told t-online.de.
"Therefore, our aim is to carry on playing our attacking brand of football from last season and, by doing this, create a sensation by staying up."
But the 40-year-old said the fact that many people would be writing Paderborn off meant there was no pressure on them.
"That could give us strength and be our motivation," he added. "We caused a huge upset last season with a promotion which nobody expected of us. We were promoted because we deserved it, and now we intend to cause many more upsets.
"For the experts, we are the most blatant outsiders in Bundesliga history. But we will strive to stay up, and we're going to be optimistic about it."
Paderborn get their maiden Bundesliga campaign under way against Mainz on Aug. 24.
Meanwhile, Paderborn's friendly against Israeli side Maccabi Haifa will still go ahead despite the deputy mayor of the small Austrian town where it was due to take place saying it could no longer be played there.
Wilfried Ellinger said there were not the resources to police the event after Maccabi's friendly against Lille was cut short when pro-Palestinian protesters invaded the pitch and confronted Maccabi players last week.
"We are only a community of 5,000 and don't even have a police station," he explained. "If there were to be any disturbances, it would not be simple for us to control the security situation."
The two clubs, with the assistance of the Israeli consulate in Austria, are looking for a new venue.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.