Penarol coach Diego Aguirre admits he is getting closer to his "dream" of winning the Copa Libertadores ahead of their semi-final first leg against Velez Sarsfield.
The Uruguayan giants take on Argentinian outfit Velez in Montevideo looking to keep their hopes of a sixth Libertadores title, and a first since 1987, alive.
"This dream may come true soon," Aguirre told El Observador newspaper. "We are dreaming it more and more deeply day after day. But we must be cautious because it can also disappear.
"We have achieved a lot, but at the same time have won nothing. This is a Libertadores semi-final. Penarol have not played in the semis for a long time. That is the important thing, more so than the opponents you play."
Velez midfielder Victor Zapata admits his side cannot afford any mistakes if they are to make it to the final.
"It will be a great tie against Penarol. Who doesn't want to make it into the final?" Zapata said. "They don't want to lose and we don't want to lose either. At this time no errors are allowed."
Zapata claimed the balance of the team will be key to beating Penarol. "We have won Libertadores matches by playing tough, like in the 60s or 70s," he added. "Being balanced will be crucial. "Apart from playing tough, Velez can also play good football."