Villa are due to meet Everton on Saturday, and Gil is under no illusions as to the size of the task his side face.
The Spanish midfielder is a huge fan of Roberto Martinez, but he is confident that Villa will have enough to overcome their Merseyside-based opponents.
“Everton are another very good team,” Gil said.
“They have quality players and a fine manager in Roberto Martinez. I believe they are one of the strongest teams in the league outside of the top four.
“It will be a difficult game, of course, but we will go there and express ourselves. If we perform like we know we can then hopefully we can achieve a positive result.”
Villa are in dire need of the three points against Everton, but they will have to improve considerably in order to get the three points at Goodison Park.
The Claret and Blues have been well off the pace this season, and they are already five points adrift of safety.
Everton, meanwhile, have pieced together a positive start to their campaign, with their attacking play particularly impressive.
At the moment, the Toffees are in ninth place in the Premier League table, and they have gone unbeaten in their last three matches in all competitions.