Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has admitted to BBC Radio Leeds that he found it funny when Chelsea fans were screaming at Diego Llorente.
Llorente made his debut for Leeds at the weekend, but he wasn’t exactly given a warm welcome to English football by the Stamford Bridge crowd.
The Spaniard yelped after being fouled by a Chelsea player, as he tried to buy a free-kick, and the Blues supporters were keen to remind him of the incident.
Every time Llorente touched the ball after that moment, the Leeds defender was greeted with screams from the crowd, as the supporters tried to mimic his actions.
And Phillips admits that he couldn’t help but laugh at his teammate having to take some stick.
“I think the first five minutes was nice. When Pat scored the goal it went quiet and it felt like there were no fans there,” Phillips said. “But after that they scored a few goals.
“It was nice to just have fans there, and experience different fans. We’ve not played Chelsea before and you don’t know what they’re going to be like.
“To be honest they were quite funny. They were quite humorous. Diego had gone down for a little foul and they took that the wrong way. Every time he got the ball there was screaming, and they were saying stuff to him, which was funny.”
Llorente looks likely to feature again for Leeds on Friday, but he won’t have such an atmosphere behind him.
Leeds are still being forced to play behind closed doors, as their supporters patiently wait to see their team back in the top flight.
Leeds’ next game comes against West Ham, and a victory would take them into the top half of the Premier League table.