Pochettino explains why he left Spurs stars at home

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

The Tottenham Hotspur boss left a host of Spurs' big-name players at home.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Quoted by The Scottish Sun, Mauricio Pochettino has apologised to Tottenham Hotspur supporters for deciding not to bring some of his heavy hitters on the club's pre-season tour of Australia.

Tottenham will be without the likes of Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Dele Alli for their friendlies with Juventus and Atletico Madrid over the coming days.

Spurs' Belgian and Welsh contingent were also omitted as Pochettino elected to give his Euro 2016 players an extended break following their exertions in France this summer.

England's Harry Kane

As a result, Tottenham's squad in Australia is comprised largely of fringe players; many of whom either will not be at the club come September or they will be limited to the Lilywhites' Under-21 side for the most part.

A lot of supporters will be disappointed not to see Spurs' best players in both friendlies, but Pochettino says that he was forced to keep one eye on preserving them for bigger and better matches during the 2016-17 campaign.

“I am sorry to our supporters. It would have been great for all players to be involved in this tour in Australia," he said via The Scottish Sun.

“The players at Euro 2016 only arrived back at the club a few days before we came here.

France's Hugo Lloris reacts

“It was a very difficult decision for me, but I believe it was the right one. It’s important the players build their fitness after last season season. It was a very stressful season and then having the Euros was difficult."

The omitted Tottenham lads need the mental rest as much as they do physical respite, with Kane, in particular, enduring a horrendous Euro 2016 on a personal level.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

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