By Dan Harrison
Sean Verity insists Villa's youngsters have no reason to fear Sporting Clube de Portugal as they prepare for tonight's crucial NextGen Series clash.
The boys in claret and blue go into the final Group 4 fixture in Lisbon knowing a victory would guarantee qualification for the knockout stages.
A draw or a defeat could open the door for PSV Eindhoven and Celtic, who face each other at the Philips Stadion this evening.
Villa currently occupy second place in Group 4.
The top two sides in each group are guaranteed a spot in the last 16, with the four best third placed teams also qualifying.
Verity believes Villa showed against PSV earlier this month that they are capable of matching the best sides in the competition.
But he knows the young lions face a formidable task against one of the tournament favourites.
"We have put ourselves right in the hunt with the PSV result," said coach Verity.
"Sporting are a good team. They are probably the best we have played out of the six or seven opponents we've had including last year.
"But we are more than capable of matching anybody if we do the stuff we did against PSV.
"If we are keep the ball and create as well as did against a disciplined PSV then we can do that to anybody.
"We have got the belief that we can do it to anyone."
Villa began this season's NextGen Series with defeats against Sporting and PSV.
However, they kickstarted their campaign by beating Celtic at Villa Park before earning a draw in the return fixture.
The 2-0 success over PSV put them firmly in the shake-up for qualificiation.
Tonight's game kicks off at 6.30pm.