Mourinho hints at weakened side to face Liverpool

Jose Mourinho may well ask Chelsea owner Roman Abromovich if he can field a weaker team against Liverpool and concede the Premier League title race, the Telegraph is reporting.

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The Chelsea boss is thought to be angry at the fixture being played on Sunday, reducing the time his players have to recover and prepare for their second leg semi final tie of the Champions League against Atletico Madrid.

If he takes the decision to field an under strength XI it is likely to anger fellow title rivals Manchester City and Premier League officials.

But the Portuguese believes he should be receiving more help from league officials as he is representing English football on the European stage.

Mourinho said: “The fact that the match is on Sunday, I think puts the problem not in my hands but in the hands of those who decide the game should be on Sunday and not Saturday or Friday.

“We represent English football and are the only team in European competitions. Spain has four and gave them all the conditions to try to have success, so I know what I would do.

“But I’m not the club. I have to speak to them.”

Were Liverpool to beat Chelsea it would be unlikely that the Premier League crown would go anywhere but to Anfield, with the Blue’s chances being ended in the process.

The first leg saw several concerns arise for Mourinho – Petr Cech and John Terry have been ruled out by injury while John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard find themselves suspended for the return leg.

When pushed on whether he would take the drastic decision of sacrificing the title Mourinho added: “I’m not the most important person in the club. Roman and the board, everybody is above me. I work for them and have to follow what my club decides. My priority is the Champions League.”

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