Uruguay captain Diego Lugano claims their opening Group D match against Costa Rica will be the most difficult to win.
Óscar Tabárez’s side kick-off their off their World Cup campaign against the least fancied side in group, where they will also take on former champions Italy and England.
‘It is the first one, which is obviously always the most difficult for us,’ said West Brom defender Lugano.
‘And for them also because it is the game where we should obtain the three points. And surely our opponents are probably super-motivated for this first game against Uruguay.’
Uruguay are outsiders to win the competition, but Lugano insists they can defy the odds and reach the latter stages in Brazil.
He added: ‘The reality is that we are not candidates. We do, no doubt, have the potential to have a leading role and we also have the desire for glory and to continue doing big things.’