Lambert hails "great achievement" of NextGen success
Paul Lambert hailed the achievements of Villa's NextGen heroes after their Lake Como success.
Villa emerged victorious in the prestigious European competition, beating Ajax, Sporting Lisbon, Olympiacos, Celtic, PSV and Chelsea along the way.
Lambert flew out to Italy for the showpiece final and was impressed with what he saw.
The boss believes the victory will give the players "the winning feeling".
But he stressed that the hard work is still ahead of them as they strive to forge successful professional careers in the game.
He said: "It was great. I was over there for the final.
"They were excellent, second half especially.
"It gives them a feeling of winning - what it's like to win something.
"The next stage is getting near the first team. The gap is getting bigger and stronger.
"But for them, considering they lost the first two games, it's a great achievement.
"I think for them and the club it's fantastic. I really do.
"You're playing against teams in Europe and you get different styles to come up against."
On the first-team step-up, he added: "The jump is not a little step, it's a big jump into this league.
"It is not like in years gone by when the step into the first team was maybe not as big as it is now.
"It is a big gulf, physically as well, and the lads have to still develop.
"But for them to get the feeling of what it is like to win, they've done great.
"There's one or two that have got a chance in the game, that's for sure."
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