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Pochettino bullish on Spurs hopes

Tottenham Hotspur are hoping a week in the Australian winter can once again produce a launch-pad for their English Premier League season.

Mauricio Pochettino began his title assault in Australia last season, defeating Sydney FC in May 2015 before recording their best finish of the Premier League era.

Spurs were in the championship race until late in the season, ceding ground to eventual champions Leicester City and finishing third below arch-rivals Arsenal after a late collapse.

Pochettino hopes the break has been restorative and Australia can once again be a wellspring.

"It was a big disappointment for us, the end of the season," he said.

"It's important for us to rest mentally and phyiscally.

"In Sydney it was fantastic and to repeat it this year would be fantastic for us."

Speaking at the ICC Audi All Stars event, Pochettino also scotched any notion that he might leave White Hart Lane.

The Argentininan Football Association have identified Pochettino as a highly-ranked candidate for the job of national team boss - along with fellow ICC coach Diego Simeone.

The position is vacant after the country's Copa America final defeat to Chile and the departure of former Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino in the wake of Argentina's Copa America.

In Melbourne on Monday, Pochettino ruled himself out.

"It's normal that in Argentina there is a lot of rumour," he told Australian Associated Press.

"Different names appear in the media because we are Argentinians.

"But I am very happy at Tottenham and I think it's not the moment (for the national team)."

Like Juventus, their International Champions Cup opponents on Tuesday night, Tottenham have brought a below strength squad to Melbourne.

Pochettino apologised to local fans hoping Harry Kane, Dele Alli and others might make the trip but said they would be the first to see a new wave of talent.

"Two years ago we went to America with a lot of talent and a young Harry Kane," he said.

"Two years later Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world.

"We feel sorry because we cannot bring all our full squad.

"For the players involved in the Euro it was too difficult to bring them. They are not fit.

"It's a good opportunity for our supporters to see the future of Tottenham."