William Gallas has revealed that competing on four fronts has left some Tottenham players tired, but that is unlikely to earn much sympathy from manager Andre Villas-Boas, reports the London Evening Standard.
The Portuguese tactician has made a positive start to life in the White Hart Lane hotseat, lifting the club to fourth in the Premier League table after nine games, and keeping their hopes of qualification alive in the Europa League.
Spurs failed to advance to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup after losing 2-1 to Norwich City at Carrow Road last night, despite Villas-Boas naming another strong starting line-up.
First-team regulars Aaron Lennon, Jan Vertonghen, Jermain Defoe and Gallas himself, were afforded a breather, but the defender warned his team-mates that the policy is likely to be a rare feature under the current management.
"We know it's very difficult sometimes because we play so many games and some players are very tired," conceded the Frenchman. "They play with the national team as well so it's not easy but when you're a professional and you play for a big club, you have to be ready for this.
"We have to be strong inside. What is good about the manager is that he is a competitor and a warrior. He wants to win everything so when we have a meeting before every game, he always says the same thing.
"He says just to win, win, win and try to win all the competitions. Can we challenge on all fronts this season with the squad we have? I don't see why not."
Tottenham will also be keen to have Emmanuel Adebayor back involved again soon - with the striker having been marginalised this season, due to the form of Defoe - as he closes in on a return from injury.
Recent speculation had suggested the former Manchester City star was growing unhappy at his lack of regular first-team action, but Gallas played down rumours of unrest.
"All the players know what they have to do," he added. "Even if they are tired on the pitch, they know how to play with their heads and they learn how to be very clever. That way, they gain more experience, so it is good for them."