Clark also told Villa's website: "Confidence is very high. We lost just one game last season and kept five or six clean-sheets. The trip to Belarus for the Elite Tournament capped it off perfectly. We had to grind it out in the last game but we did what we needed to do to qualify.
"That trip was really useful. It was very different to what we're used to. The opposition were bigger and stronger than anything we've come up against before."