International Champions Cup United States
7/29/16 - Final
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Tottenham Hotspur
Atlético de Madrid

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By Matthew Judge

The Argentine says he is keen for his side to show how much they have improved in pre-season when they lock horns with Mauricio Pochettino's men in Melbourne on Friday.

Diego Simeone is eager for Atletico Madrid to prove they have moved on from their Champions League final woes by beating Tottenham in the International Champions Cup on Friday.

The Colchoneros were beaten in the final of Europe's elite club competition by bitter rivals Real Madrid on penalties in May, which Simeone has described as “like a death”.

However, the Argentine insists his side have got over that loss and is keen for Atletico to show how much they have improved since the start of pre-season when they take on Spurs.

"I never spoke of the feelings I had,” said Simeone. “They were difficult to explain. The loss was like a death and after any death you must have a period of mourning. But that period is now over.

"I think we have a strong team. We are enthusiastic and have big hopes. We have improved the work we are doing as a club and as a team. We are strong and want to work hard to reach our potential."

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Spurs also underwent a period of mourning at the end of the last campaign after tailing off towards the end, finishing in third after previously being Leicester City's closest rivals for the Premier League title.

The north Londoners are now putting in the hard work ahead of another potential title tilt and Mauricio Pochettino believes Simeone's Atletico can serve as an inspiration in Tottenham's quest for silverware.

Atletico broke the Real Madrid-Barcelona stranglehold over Spanish football by winning La Liga in 2013/14 and Pochettino says such a feat is something that can aid Spurs in their quest to do the same in England.

He said: "Atletico is a good example -- it's fantastic. To compete against Real Madrid and Barcelona on a different budget is difficult and he deserves full credit for that.

“I think it's difficult to compare because we are in a different league with different context but it's true it's a good example for different clubs in the world."

Tottenham are aiming to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat against Juventus in the International Champions Cup on Tuesday when they face Atletico and could have Christian Eriksen back fit for the match.

The midfielder missed Spurs' ICC opener against Juventus through illness but the Denmark international is hopeful he can feature against Simeone's charges.

Atletico, on the flip side, beat Numancia 2-0 in their first pre-season clash ahead of the new La Liga term and will have a number of key stars at their disposal against Tottenham.

Jan Oblak, Diego Godin, Gabi and Fernando Torres have all traveled to Australia, though Koke and Antoine Griezmann are still unavailable for the Spaniards.

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The Champions League runners-up inflicted a second consecutive ICC defeat upon Mauricio Pochettino's men thanks to a first-half strike from the Uruguayan defender.

Tottenham suffered their second International Champions Cup defeat of the week as they went down 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in Melbourne.

Mauricio Pochettino's side, beaten 2-1 by Juventus on Tuesday, lost to last season's Champions League finalists by virtue of a first-half goal from Diego Godin.

Spurs looked livelier in attack than they had against Juve and hit the crossbar and post in the first half before Godin prodded in what proved to be the winner five minutes before the break.

Jan Oblak made two fine saves in the second half, but Atleti began to assume some control as the match wore on, as Pochettino and Diego Simeone made a number of substitutions.

Substitute Amath Diedhiou twice came close in the closing minutes for Atleti, but Godin's goal was enough to give them a win ahead of Sunday's friendly match with Melbourne Victory.

Tottenham twice hit the woodwork in a first half in which they showed plenty of endeavour against a strong Atleti starting line-up.

Josh Onomah rattled the crossbar with a fierce half-volley from six yards out, before Erik Lamela steered a shot onto the post after being teed up by Vincent Janssen.

Atletico recovered their composure as the half wore on, and they snatched the lead five minutes before the interval. Anton Walkes failed to clear Gabi's flighted free-kick, and Godin was on hand to prod the ball past Michel Vorm and into the net.

Spurs were the dominant side early in the second period, and it took a fine reflex stop from Oblak to deny Ryan Mason, who let fly on the half-volley after surging into the penalty area.

Oblak then denied Janssen a first Tottenham goal as he tipped the Dutch striker's free-kick around the right-hand post, after Mason had been felled on the edge of the box.

Atleti looked more comfortable as both teams called on a number of substitutes, and Diedhiou came close to a second for Simeone's side with a deflected shot that dipped just over the crossbar, before another effort that bounced wide.

Tottenham could not muster a final chance to level the scores, and they will now prepare for a clash against Inter in Oslo next week.