I disagree personally (from my experience, however everyone is clearly different).
I’ve played amateur football and a slightly higher level too and there are people you either know personally as friends, ex-teammates or just people from the circuit.
I wouldn’t be overly nice to the latter two but I’d always have a chat with mates who were opponents before kick off if I had the chance.
Regardless of how you’ve acknowledged them, you still know who you’re going into a challenge with and you know you’re going to have a pint with them after. Either way, I’d never go in to hurt them
regardless so would never change how I played against them, and they’d never do the same to me.
I’ve had a broken tibia, humorous, dislocated shoulder and plenty more all from people I know or know of. Pull out of a challenge and I know that lost would be a lot longer.
Anyway, back to Chilwell... whether we think he’s a limited footballer or not, I personally can’t question his effort. I’m not going to get pissed off about him smiling after a game. If we’d been tanked 5-0 then maybe. Some of these lads are very close mates, haven’t seen each other for months and might not get the chance to catch up for another few months.