Andre Villas-Boas praised the "great response" from his Tottenham players after they swept aside Aston Villa 4-0 in the Capital One Cup.
The Spurs manager previously criticized the English football authorities for "putting players' careers at risk" with scheduling games so close together, after Spurs completed their third game in the space of six days.
However, the north Londoners made light work of an inexperienced Villa side and the Portuguese believes that the strength in depth of his reshaped squad is forcing his players to prove themselves.
"It's a great response for the team who finished off the game on Sunday," he told Sky Sports News. "We came here with three players who played that game, so a little bit at risk, but a great response from the team."
"We have great strength in depth and great team spirit this year and the players are all buzzing for opportunities like this, and I think most of them really really performed out there.
"I think it allows us to throw a strong team on the pitch after playing just after two days, so we have that strength and we use it.
"What's good about this evening is that the players that came on responded with the right spirit and great sense of responsibility towards this competition and did extremely well."