Cerro Porteno captain Carlos Bonet does not expect an easy game against Rentistas of Uruguay as the 2014 Copa Sudamericana begins.
The Copa Sudamericana, secondary in importance in South America to the Copa Libertadores, gets under way on Tuesday and 47 teams will play 92 matches as they fight for the title. The eventual winners will earn a place in the next year's Copa Libertadores competition.
This year's Sudamericana edition begins with 32 clubs distributed across two north and south zones, with 16 of those clubs progressing to the second stage. Cerro Porteno defender Bonet stressed that Tuesday's trip from Paraguay to Rentistas will not be at all easy. "We'll have to play in Uruguay the way we always do because Rentistas will be as tough and as difficult as all teams are from that country," he said.
Also on Tuesday, Chilean clubs Iquique and Huachipato challenge Bolivian teams Universitario and San Jose. Colombia's Aguilas Doradas - formerly known as Itagui Deportes - meet Ecuadorian giants Emelec, while Universidad Catolica of Ecuador host Deportivo Anzoategui of Venezuela.
UTC de Cajamarca captain Raul Alemann is sure his Peruvian team can beat Colombian giants Cali at home on Wednesday. "We'll prove we have what it takes to achieve great things because we have a high-quality squad and we cannot let the board, the coach (Jose Hernandez) or our fans down," he said.
Wednesday's other games see Uruguayan giants Penarol host Bolivia's Wilstermann and Paraguay's General Diaz host Cobresal of Chile. Paraguayans Libertad visit Nacional Potosi of Bolivia and Colombia's Atletico Nacional travel to Deportivo La Guaira in Venezuela.
On Thursday, Venezuelan giants Caracas visit Inti Gas of Peru, Uruguay's Danubio travel to Paraguay to meet Capiata and Barcelona of Ecuador and Peru's Alianza Lima go head-to-head in a very interesting duel. Millonarios of Colombia take on Peru's Universidad Cesar Vallejo, Trujillanos challenge Ecuador's Independiente del Valle in Venezuela and Chilean outfit Universidad Catolica meet Uruguayan side River Plate.
The second stage will see the eight north and south zone winners pitted against six Argentinian and eight Brazilian sides. Reigning champions Lanus will begin their road to retain the title in the round of 16.
The other Argentinian teams will start the campaign in the second stage next month, with River Plate meeting Godoy Cruz, while Boca Juniors challenge Rosario Central and La Plata city rivals Gimnasia and Estudiantes play each other.
Meanwhile, eight other Brazilian teams will try to book a place in the round of 16, with Fluminense playing Goias, Internacional playing Bahia and giants Sao Paulo challenging Criciuma, while Sport meet Vitoria.