Scot Gemmill praised his Scotland Under-21 side after they reached the last four of the prestigious Toulon tournament for the second year in succession.
The Scots finished unbeaten at the top of Group B after an opening draw with Togo and back-to-back wins over hosts France and South Korea to tee up a last-four showdown with England on Wednesday.
Speaking in the aftermath of the 2-1 victory against South Korea, Gemmill said: “It’s satisfying to go through the group unbeaten and get more points than last year.
“I would have liked clean sheets but that’s setting the bar very high.
“A lot of people in Scotland question where the young players are.
“Performances like this help convince people good work is happening. Not just with us but, more importantly, with the clubs.
“We have got a lot of players who weren’t able to come because of injuries but we take confidence that we’re starting to put together a real squad of players, even outside of this group. We have a bigger selection and real depth.
“We’re really proud of the players and it’s great justification for Malky Mackay, who found the budget to get us here because it costs a lot of money.”
Though South Korea had endured two defeats in France, there was no lack of application on their part.
With the pressure off, they threw everything at Scotland – particularly in the latter stages of the game.
In the end, though, goals from Billy Gilmour and Oliver Burke proved enough to get Scotland over the line and Gemmill added: “We scored two outstanding goals.
“A key thing in our preparation was to play in behind theme.
“I hope the goals are a snapshot of how good Billy and Oli can be. We give the players this opportunity and they have to take it.
“Billy showed his level. It’s not just his technical ability. It’s his game intelligence and composure.
“As for Oli, a lot of people are still waiting to see him really fulfil his potential.
“It’s difficult not to say ‘wow’ when he does things like that.”
Following the final whistle, thoughts immediately turned to recovery and preparation for England.
Gemmill continued: “Every time the teams meet there’s a real sense of occasion. It’s going to be the same again this time.
“We are going to need every ounce of energy to find a way to win.”
Ross Doohan (Celtic)
Robby McCrorie (Rangers)
Daniel Harvie (Aberdeen)
Jason Kerr (St Johnstone)
Chris Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian)
Ryan Porteous (Hibernian)
Anthony Ralston (Celtic)
Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock)
Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock)
Liam Burt (Rangers)
Allan Campbell (Motherwell)
Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)
Fraser Hornby (Everton)
Glenn Middleton (Rangers)
Harvey St Clair (Chelsea)
Elliot Watt (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Oliver Burke (West Bromwich Albion)
Michael Johnston (Celtic)
Craig Wighton (Dundee)
Scott Wright (Aberdeen)
Group A: China, England, Mexico, Qatar
Group B: France, Scotland, South Korea, Togo
Group C: Canada, Japan, Portugal, Turkey
Scotland 1, Togo 1, Stade de Lattre, Aubagne
Scotland 1, France 0, Stade D’Honneur, Salon
Scotland 2, South Korea 1, Stade Parsemain, Fos-Sur-Mer