Gus Poyet reasons that the fact little is expected of his native Uruguay could well work in their favour at the World Cup finals.
It is certainly a tall order for the first World Cup winners - who repeated the feat in 1950 - as they have been handed a particularly tough assignment.
To progress from Group A, Uruguay must garner sufficient points from encounters with holders France, newcomers Senegal and the always capable Denmark.
It is little wonder that Gus feels there is not much in the way of expectation being heaped on manager Victor Pua's squad.
"I think nobody is expecting great things from Uruguay so that is a great chance to do something nice," Gus smiled.
"It is really important to pass the first group and that is going to be really tough. Really tough because France are in there and we don't have a great record against Denmark in World Cups - and you never know what is going to happen with Senegal.
"It's going to be hard, but it is possible."
Uruguay qualified for the finals by finishing fifth in the South American section and overcoming Australia 3-1 on aggregate in a play-off.
THE LOWDOWN ON URUGUAY