Why the Australia matches are somewhat of a missed opportunity for Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (C) with first team goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez, first team coach Miguel D'Agostino and first team coach Jesus Perez

Tottenham Hotspur may have benefitted from involving more of their first team in their trip to Melbourne.

Tottenham's Ryan Mason walks onto the pitch before the matchTottenham's Ryan Mason walks onto the pitch before the match against Juventus

Tottenham Hotspur will undoubtedly be delighted at their involvement in the International Champions Cup in Australia, as they prepare to face Atletico Madrid on Friday.

But Mauricio Pochettino might be disappointed that he hasn't been able to involve more first team players in the games.

Taking on the Spanish giants, as well as Juventus earlier in the week, has been an opportunity to increase the worldwide status of the club, especially important after the North Londoner's best season in many years.

But what may also have been in the mind of the club when they organised the matches was the chance to come up against top class European sides as Spurs prepare to return to the Champions League in the coming season.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Along with a friendly against Inter Milan in Oslo next month, Mauricio Pochettino's side are facing some of the biggest names in continental Europe. 

As good as the experience is sure to be for Tottenham's talented young players, and helpful for a smattering of the first team squad that are in Australia, the bulk of Tottenham's key players have remained on the other side of the world.

England's Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Kyle Walker arrive for trainingEngland's Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Kyle Walker arrive for training

A whole host of the first team have yet to experience extensive football against top class European opposition for Spurs. The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier all have appearances to their name, but often as part of a second string Spurs side.

The chance for Pochettino to select a team approaching full strength for 45 mins in each match would have been excellent preparation for the upcoming Champions League campaign.  

Though both Juve and Atletico won't have full strength squads themselves, they will be playing the sort of football Spurs can expect to come up against.

Tottenham were of course somewhat restricted by some of their player's international commitments this summer, but it is still a missed opportunity to have those players with the squad at the very least, or, like Lamela, experience a little football despite being at an international tournament over the summer.

Pochettino will certainly learn lessons from the games, but it would have been a huge bonus for Tottenham's stars to have turned out against the kind of opposition they could be facing once the season begins.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates with Joshua Onomah after the gameTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates with Joshua Onomah

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