Yakin has set his side, beaten by the eventual winners Chelsea in the Europa League semi-final last season, the task of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but knows the first test is the most difficult.
"We've got six games and of course we want to go through and of course we want to still be playing in international competition after the winter break," Yakin said.
"We've gained a lot of experience in the matches that we played last season and now we've got Schalke and (Steaua) Bucharest in this group. We'll be playing for second place with these two teams.
"Chelsea is the clear favourite, but we'll see after the first two games and then we'll have a benchmark where we can judge and see where we'll stand."
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