Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour has revealed how Harry Maguire taught him a valuable ‘lesson’ during a Carabao Cup clash against Manchester United earlier this season.
The teenage midfielder has made headlines this week following a starring performance during Chelsea‘s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, the 18-year-old excelling at the heart of Frank Lampard’s midfield as the Blues secured their place in the quarter-finals.
The diminutive 18-year-old – who stands at just 5ft 6in – has revealed how he learned a valuable lesson following a tangle with England international Maguire earlier this season, the Manchester United captain physically imposing himself on the youngster during the Carabao Cup fourth round clash between the two sides in October.
“He was pushing me off, gripping me by the throat. Basically he was saying I’m a wee guy,” Gilmour told Chelsea’s official website.
“That’s something I have to deal with. But I won’t let that happen again. That was a lesson.
“He is going to try to bully young ones and that’s where I need to learn how to be stronger.
“I’ve been working on that and I can only get stronger. But that was a learning curve when he gripped me in the box.”
Gilmour revealed that he had no nerves ahead of his Man of the Match showing against Liverpool, and admits he was pleased to show the Chelsea management he could thrive on the biggest of occasions.
“I was not nervous,” he said. “I was more looking forward to it, to go and show what I can do, and it was a really good game, we stuck together and did really well.”