Billy Gilmour claims getting roughed up by Harry Maguire helped toughen him up to take down Liverpool .
Chelsea ’s 18-year-old sensation was the star of the show as Frank Lampard ’s side sent the Reds crashing out of the FA Cup on Tuesday night.
But Gilmour reckons a tussle with Maguire during his side’s Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester United in October helped teach him how to handle himself on the big stage.
The Scotland Under 21 star said: “Obviously, he’s going to try to bully young ones and that’s where I need to learn.
“I have to be stronger and I’ve been working on that. That was a learning curve definitely, when he got me up in the box.
Billy Gilmour was named man of the match in the FA Cup for Chelsea against Liverpool
“I remember that really well. Basically it was saying – I’m a wee guy – pushing me off and grabbing me by the throat and that’s something I have to deal with.
“But I won’ t let that happen again, that’s for sure. It was a lesson.”
Gilmour, who has now made six appearances for Chelsea, ran the show against Liverpool.
He got stuck into tackles, bamboozled Fabinho with a wonderful piece of skill, and even bossed his older team-mates around.
Billy Gilmour ran the midfield for Chelsea in the win over Liverpool
Gilmour said: “I’m not here to be just a player being quiet. I need to tell folk to get into position!”
His performance drew high praise from Cesc Fabregas – the man he modelled himself on when he first arrived at Stamford Bridge.
Fabregas hailed his performance as “fantastic” on Twitter, highlighting that Gilmour: “has that bit of aggression in him which is very important.
“When you have the quality but also the desire, the work ethic and the intelligence, then is when you can see the potential of a young player. He has all of that.”
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