Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has received the backing of owner Roman Abramovich to field a second-string XI in the Premier League game at Liverpool on Sunday, report Ben Rumsby and Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph.
The Stamford Bridge boss has one eye on the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, and has hinted that he will select a weakened team at Anfield.
Mourinho will be forced into two changes at least after injuries to goalkeeper Petr Cech and defender John Terry, but will not be prevented from making wholesale alterations by the Chelsea board, claims the Telegraph report.
The major change in personnel against Liverpool could be viewed as ceding the Premier League title, but the inclusion of squad players could have a knock-on affect for Manchester City, who are also still chasing the championship this season.
Premier League rules state that Mourinho can use any members of their 25-man squad plus a number of under-21 players, according to the Telegraph report, but should Mourinho be allowed to make sweeping changes in such an important match?
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