Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen has insisted he knew they would run out as winners against Tottenham, even if it did prove to be a chaotic evening.

The defender has been speaking to Algemeen Dagblad in the Netherlands about his and Chelsea’s situation as he links up with the Dutch Juniors for the international break.

The youngster has barely featured for the Blues this season after returning from a loan spell at Burnley last season.

They were keen to sign him on a permanent basis in the summer but never got a deal over the line, leaving Maatsen to compete with Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella for the left-back spot.

That’s a battle he is yet to win so far, having featured in just 10% of the available minutes in the Premier League and played two games in the EFL Cup.

That means he was recently sat on the bench for the 4-1 win over Tottenham, a game which will go down in Premier League folklore as one of the best games in the history of the competition.

At times, it appeared Pochettino and his team had no idea what to do as Tottenham continued to play a high line despite being down to nine men, a bold decision that ultimately ended up costing them.

That result was a big one for them and followed by another huge point against Manchester City, in another classic, this time a 4-4 draw, and Maatsen says they were confident in both.

“We had a good feeling about the equalizer in injury time (vs City),” he said.

“A lot had been said about us, but we also showed against Spurs that we are on the right track.

“There was a discussion every minute (vs Tottenham). Then we looked at all those moments on the assistant’s tablet. After we made it 1-1, I knew we would go over it. You get a boost from such results as a team.”