Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is believed will field a weakened side against Liverpool in order to keep his starting eleven ready for the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match with Atletico Madrid, Mirror reports.
Mourinho lost two key players in the first leg encounter as Petr Cech was forced off with a shoulder injury and will miss the entire season while club captain John Terry was also taken off due to a foot problem suffered in the second half.
With what is said to be a very important Premier League encounter against Liverpool at the weekend, the Portuguese boss isn’t looking to risk any more key players as he turns all his focus to winning the Champions League at the cost of using a second string of players against Brendan Rodgers men.
However, the manager will need to consult the Chelsea board about the situation in order to grant him confirmation that he should risk the Premier League battle for the more prestigious Champions League trophy.
“I can’t decide by myself,” Mourinho said.
“I think that’s a decision I have to listen the club. I’m just a piece, I’m just the manager and no more than that.
“I have to listen to the club. I think the fact that the match is on Sunday I think puts the problem not in my hands.
“We represent English football and we are the only English team that is European competition. Spain has four and gave them all the conditions to try to have success.
“I know what I would do, but I’m not the club. I have to speak with the club.
“I would play with the players that are not going to play Wednesday.”