Axel Disasi discussed Chelsea’s win over Tottenham, Nicolas Jackson and what Mauricio Pochettino said at half-time of a dramatic clash that often felt dominated by VAR

Axel Disasi expressed his joy at winning his first London derby in a ‘strange’ game with a ‘crazy’ atmosphere. Chelsea came away 4-1 victors over Tottenham in a match that saw in excess of 20 minutes of stoppage time, predominantly due to VAR, with a number of goals ruled out.

It was a game with plenty of tension as Spurs had two players sent off but repelled Chelsea time and again until Nicolas Jackson scored from Raheem Sterling’s cross after 75 minutes, before adding two more during added time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Lilywhites had opportunities of their own too as Eric Dier had an equaliser ruled out and Robert Sanchez saved well from Son Heung-min.

The drama ensued it was a lively atmosphere, with some lively flare ups between the players too. Disasi agreed with Mauricio Pochettino, that the victory was important given the Blues form this season.

The French defender said: “It was a crazy game tonight, in the first half, and we are happy to win this game because we need to get some points. We are happy.

“Like I said, the first half was a little bit strange and every time the VAR was there and, for me, it was my first London derby and the atmosphere was crazy. It was top.

“We know that we want to win and it was a good moment because we have not won so many games but they are happy, we are happy also and now we have to take a rest to prepare for the big game on Sunday.”

With the scores level at half-time, and Chelsea with a man advantage, the west London side’s opportunity to come away with three points was clear. Pochettino substituted Levi Colwill at the break after the young defender received a yellow card having lost his cool at the end of the half. The Blues’ boss’ message to his team was simple.

Disasi said: “The coach said at half time to be patient and to keep the ball and when we have the opportunity to score that we must kill them.

“The second goal came a bit late but in the end Nico scored a hat-trick and I’m happy for him because he needs this and hopefully in the future this can help him. We are a young group and the victory will give us a lot of confidence for the future and we have to take this and learn from this game because we can do some things much better. But we will keep the result and see what happens.”

Jackson scored the first hat-trick of his career in a tough performance where he saw an earlier effort ruled out. His opening goal was not spared the agony of a VAR check of it’s own, which did provide some worry for Disasi.

He said: “Yeah, when you score to make it 2-1, we saw on the TV that the VAR was checking and we thought: ‘oh no, again’.

“But I think Raheem was not offside and in the end Nico scored to make it 2-1 and then we had more confidence to put the ball deep and we scored again and again. We are happy.”

Given plenty of criticism of VAR following Chelsea’s win, is Disasi a fan?

“Tonight, yes!” he said. “But with the VAR, it’s always the same. We agree and sometimes don’t agree. The chances were on our side and we are happy with this. We have to take off the frustration when the VAR is against us and focus on our game.”

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