Guardiola says Chelsea fans’ ‘you fat b******’ chants at Phillips were ‘funny’

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Pep Guardiola admitted he found jibes from Chelsea fans about Kalvin Phillips’ weight ‘funny’.

Guardiola originally publicly criticised Phillips for returning back from England’s World Cup campaign in Qatar carrying a few extra pounds.

Phillips was criticised by Guardiola over his weight

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Phillips was criticised by Guardiola over his weight

The Spaniard said he was ‘not in the right condition’ to play, despite not featuring much in Qatar, before then praising him for getting back into shape.

“He [Phillips] has the perfect body now – so sexy,” Guardiola said.

The comments left the midfielder open to criticism from fans and Chelsea fans chanted ‘you fat b******’ at him during the Premier League clash on Thursday.

Guardiola saw the funny side and expected Phillips to do the same.

“I had the feeling last week that he’s back. I had a good feeling,” Guardiola told reporters after the match. 

“It will be a good lesson for him for the future. I had the feeling that a footballer for 12 months has to be perfect – even in holidays, you have to be perfect. You can enjoy it but you have to be ready because this level is so demanding. To play every three days you have to be fit.

Guardiola said Phillips would likely see the funny side of the chants

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Guardiola said Phillips would likely see the funny side of the chants

Phillips took the chants by Leeds fans on his return to Elland Road in good humour

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Phillips took the chants by Leeds fans on his return to Elland Road in good humour


He added: “[Phillips] has a big sense of humour, it was funny from the Chelsea fans.”

Leeds fans also made a few jibes at Phillips on his return to Elland Road after Christmas, saying ‘you’re too fat to play for Leeds’.

Phillips saw the funny side and ballooned out his cheeks while warming up on the touchline and the Leeds fans showed their appreciation by belting out his ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ song.

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