Craig Fleming believes his side are more than up to the challenge of facing Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup Fifth Round.
Unbeaten in the league since November 2015, Fleming travelled to watch City’s victory over Liverpool in the previous round and was impressed with what he saw.
“They are very, very good,” he started.
“They have some incredibly talented boys, especially forward players. So it will be a very tough game, but a game that we are more than capable of going there and winning.
“That is the point that we going to try and get across. They are a good team, but so were Man United and we went there and got a result. As long as we do what we know we need to do, I believe we can hurt them in possession as well.
“Our older boys - the actual FA Youth Cup team - are a match for anybody. As they’ve proven: they beat Chelsea in the league earlier on in the season, we went to Man United and beat them. So if we get the full hit then they are as good as anyone in the country.”
Saints last reached the fifth round of the prestigious competition in 2015, when they were beaten 2-0 by Leicester City at St Mary's.
And Fleming believes the clash at City’s Academy Stadium will be another hugely valuable experience for his players.
“It’ll be fantastic for them,” he continued.
“When the draw came out we knew it was the toughest draw we could have got, we make no bones about that – Man City away is the hardest tie.
“But I think it’s a great game. Our boys are going to go out there and test themselves against players that have been bought for millions from all over the world, so it’s a great opportunity for us.”