Gus Poyet believes that the international break can be a good thing for his Sunderland side.
The Black Cats go into the fortnight break from club football having been unbeaten in their last two fixtures, but Poyet isn't worried by any loss of momentum.
Instead, he is looking forward to the spell without a match for his side as it allows him to work on areas that the team need improving and helps some of his injured players come back to fitness.
“I’m looking forward to the international break," he told the Sunderland Echo.
“It’s good for us. We need players and quality back. We learned a lot from the last international break."
Sunderland will be wary that their first game back after the last break from club football was their humiliating defeat to Southampton.
In that game the Saints ran out 8-0 winners and it sparked a crisis of confidence at the Stadium of Light.
Their performance against Arsenal in their next match, where they lost 2-0, was a very panicky display, but Poyet has gone back-to-basics since.
It seems to have been an approach which has worked - with a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace backed up with a credible draw with Everton in their last match.
It gives Poyet's men a platform to build upon in the future, as they look to put more space between them and the bottom three.
Sunderland's next match comes against fellow strugglers Leicester City and Poyet will be hoping that they show all the things they have worked on during this two week break in that fixture.