Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has toyed with the idea of fielding a weakened team against Liverpool in the biggest Premier League match of the season. If Liverpool wins the match at Anfield on Sunday and Manchester City drop points against Crystal Palace that same day, the Reds can clinch its first-ever Premier League title on May 5 against Crystal Palace.
But while there’s been a lot of fuss about Mourinho fielding a weakened side this Sunday, the fact of the matter is that even a weakened Chelsea side has a total cost of £123.7million, which dwarfs most other Premier League sides. The Blues have so much depth in their squad that even a “B” team could be capable of defeating Liverpool on Sunday. Whether they do or not is another matter entirely.
Interestingly, Chelsea are unlikely to be penalized by the Premier League if the club fields a weakened side. The Premier League has relaxed the rules after Blackpool were fined in 2011.
On top of all this, Chelsea is forced to field a weakened side this Sunday anyway. Petr Cech, John Terry, Samuel Eto’o and Eden Hazard are all out injured, while Ramires has been suspended.
Despite the injuries and suspension, Chelsea should have no excuses why they can’t give Liverpool a run for its money on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s team has enough firepower to battle in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League.