Tottenham Hotspur U19s are set to continue their European adventure this afternoon, with Tim Sherwood hoping the side can continue to show competitive potential against PSV Eindhoven.
The NextGen Series has given 16 of Europe's top sides the chance to showcase their young talent in an exciting new format, and Spurs have stolen the show from an English perspective thus far.
Manchester City, Aston Villa and Liverpool have all struggled in their respective groups, but two wins and a draw, including a 7-1 thrashing of Inter Milan, means Tottenham are in pole position to qualify as one of the top two.
"The quality of the matches is very high and the commitment to the games and drive of the players has been first-class. They want to win and they all have a winning appetite," said Sherwood, the club's Technical Co-Ordinator.
"We always say, especially in development games, that the result isn't all-important and it really isn't in the grand scheme of things, but you can't take away the competitive edge from professional footballers.
"These lads want to go out there and win. They know at the end of the group you progress to the knockout stages of a very good, European competition. We've learned a lot about the lads so far and that's what it's there for."
Souleymane Coulibaly, Harry Kane and Tom Carroll have already made a major impact in the competition, and victory at Spurs Lodge will put the teenagers on the brink of a quarter-final place.
"We started well at PSV but in the second half they outplayed us for long periods," added Sherwood, warning his side against complacency after a previous 2-1 win in Holland.
"They have quality players and a good Academy, with plenty of youngsters progressing. It will be tough but we'll be prepared for that. The players will be ready."
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