Carlos Corberán on Bristol City battle at The Hawthorns

Carlos Corberan watching training while wearing a black coat

Carlos Corberán says Albion are refusing to look too far into the future and insists his group’s full focus is on Bristol City this weekend.

The Baggies host the mid-table Robins at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon, with Corberán’s men hoping to strengthen their spot inside the top six of the Sky Bet Championship.

The encounter with the West Country outfit is the club’s final match before the March international break. Should they win, Albion will be eight points clear of seventh with eight matches remaining.

However, despite the race for the play-offs hotting up, the boss is adamant the players’ minds are set on securing a crucial victory in front of their own supporters, and nothing else.

Carlos Corberán coaching his players on the training pitch

Carlos said: “We are fully focused on trying to win as many games as we possibly can from now until the end of the season.

“We know that we have nine games left to play and we are going to give our best to make sure we can finish as high as possible.

“The feeling is the same for me, for the coaches and for the players. We are focused on what we can do and we’re not thinking about anything else other than Bristol City.

“In football you cannot win games if you’re not one team. We are together and we are all focused on our target as a team.

“This is the last game before we have a two-week break and we’re at home in front of our fans. We want to get three points to make them happy and to take us closer to what we want to achieve as a team.”

Carlos Corberán delivering information to his players on the training pitch

Visitors Bristol City ended a run of four straight defeats by beating Swansea City last weekend and Corberán thinks they’re a very dangerous opponent.

He said: “Bristol City will be another big challenge for us and I’ll tell you why I think that.

“Normally, when a new coach comes in, it can take a little bit of time for the players to understand the new patterns of play and what it is the new coach wants them to do exactly.

“The players at Bristol City though seemed to pick up his ideas instantly and they got several good results.

Okay Yokuslu jumping for the ball against Bristol City at Ashton Gate
The Baggies and Bristol City drew 0-0 in September at Ashton Gate

“Recently, they’ve had some difficult moments but for me they have found the way to compete really well again.

“They played unbelievably well against Ipswich, but unfortunately for them, they ended up losing. It was only a couple of moments of quality from Ipswich which meant they lost.

“They were also the team who halted Southampton’s momentum and became the first team to beat them in a long time. it shows how well they can compete.

“They beat Swansea in their last game and we expect a demanding game on Saturday.”

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