Petrov, now a first team coach at the club, has cited personal experience and an old meeting with the same message he feels should be branded throughout the club.
“I remember when we were in that situation when I was playing,” he said.
“We had a meeting together. We never put that 'we have a problem.' We just said 'we're good enough, let's go and win the games.' That's what it's about.”
“If they think the other way, there's always trouble.”
Petrov is a very experienced figure to have beside Tim Sherwood, helping the new Villa manager to brand his positive ethos all over the club at all levels.
Thinking about the pressure and the possibility of failure will only cause Villa’s key men to seize up and get tense in big games.
If Petrov and Sherwood can find a way to ease that over the club’s remaining games, it bodes well for their survival chances.
Petrov played as a Villa star for a long time before his battle against leukaemia brought his career to an end and he has the experience of how the side and individuals should be playing through a tense run-in where the r word is banned around the club.
Fortunately for the Bulgarian, his job is made a bit easier through the fact the side have just secured back-to-back wins against West Brom across the Premier League and FA Cup.
They have some momentum and that should be enough to help eradicate the danger Petrov suggests could develop.