By Joe Nelson

Mauricio Pochettino has slammed the timing of the first international break so soon after the start of the domestic season.

Tottenham have taken five points from the opening three games of the new campaign, although a number of players such as Harry Kane and Deli Alli are yet to return to full fitness and form following their Euro 2016 exertions.

The Argentine boss left a number of key squad members out of Spurs’ pre-season preparations due to their summer exertions but, even with that break, it is clear some of his star men are not quite at their sharpest.

“It’s difficult because some players that are going to the national team, some players will play and others [will] not,” Pochettino said in the aftermath of Spurs’ 1-1 draw against Liverpool, as quoted by the Evening Standard.

“It’s very difficult again, we need time and maybe a few months to [get everyone] on the same level.”

Pochettino has lamented the break, stating that with form and fitness just coming back for a lot of his squad, it’s a terrible time to have a break in proceedings.

“It’s crazy, it’s crazy, it’s crazy that we stop again the competition and again [they’re] involved with the national team.

“But it’s not to complain, it’s only that for our players, we have 60-70 per cent of our squad involved in the international break.

“It’s very difficult to work to increase our level.”

Spurs’ next game takes them to Stoke on 10 September, as they seek to build on their solid start to the new campaign.

Pochettino’s side have drawn against Everton and Liverpool and beaten Crystal Palace to take five points from their opening three matches.

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