Dons boss Derek McInnes believes reaching the Scottish Cup final would be a great achievement for his new side.
Aberdeen travel to Hampden tomorrow for their semi-final against Motherwell.
Last season the Reds were beaten by Celtic in the final of the Scottish Cup courtesy of an injury-time winner from Tom Rogic.
Following that defeat and the end of the season, McInnes had to reshape his squad.
Key players such as Jonny Hayes, Niall McGinn, Ryan Jack and Ash Taylor left, with the Pittodrie gaffer recruiting eight new faces which included Stevie May, Kari Arnason and Gary Mackay-Steven.
While in the January transfer window the Dons re-signed McGinn as well as Freddie Woodman and Chidi Nwakali on loan, as well as Sam Cosgrove.
Last summer was the biggest overhaul of his squad McInnes has had to make.
He believes it takes a certain type of player to handle playing for the Dons and the expectation of winning trophies.
However, McInnes insists his new side have what it takes and believes it would be a fine first season for this squad if they can reach the Scottish Cup final.
He said: “I think that’s what we have to have at Aberdeen.
“You always learn about your players.
“I managed to work with a squad for three, four years up until last year.
“That was a squad that was built and forged a togetherness and a mentality that played out.
“We were inches away from winning a trophy last year.
“The performance in the cup final was almost good enough to win.
“It was the type of performance with an attitude and a purpose that pleased me. This is the first opportunity for this new squad to get to a final.
“You’re always learning about your players.
“You find out a lot about your players when you win and you find out a lot about your players when you lose.
“But I’m confident, having worked with the players for so long that we’ll try to grab this chance to get ourselves into a final and hopefully win another trophy.
“We are up there again in the league and there is so much to play for.
“If we can win on Saturday I think it will help the league form by giving us that momentum.
“It’s clear that any team that goes on a winning cup run has that momentum and has that crackle of expectation across the city and in the club.
“We’ve had that before and we want it again.”
McInnes believes they can also use last season’s final as a reference point in terms of what Aberdeen want to achieve this campaign. While bitterly disappointed with the 2-1 loss at Hampden last May there were aspects of the day which pleased McInnes.
He added: “That will be a reference point when we’re talking to the players this week and how good that day was.
“There was an attitude about the support that day as well as the players.
“It was two heavyweights taking each other on. Celtic are a massive club and were favourites in the game and they have huge resources.
“But it actually felt like we had a team that was ready to go and compete with them and say this is us, we’re ready to go and compete with them. We’re Aberdeen, we’re used to Hampden and we belong here.
“And that’s what we want again for this new squad.”