West Brom manager Steve Clarke claims that his side's season starts after the international break against Manchester City.
Clarke has enjoyed a strong start to his reign at the Hawthorns, with West Brom currently sitting seventh in the Premier League after securing 14 points from seven games.
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West Brom's next fixture is at home to the Premier League champions on October 20, and Clarke believes his side must keep up momentum heading into the Christmas period.
“I think we are where we are. We don't need to be tested," Clarke told the West Brom's official website.
“We've had a good start and proved we can stand up to anyone at The Hawthorns - and we hope to do that against Manchester City. We will make sure we're ready for the visit of the champions.
“My opinion is the season starts after this international break.
“This is the juncture where you fight for position and the next run of game takes you into November and December where the season really takes shape and you have a run of tough matches.”