Chelsea put in a defensive performance in Spain on Tuesday night to record a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals first leg.
The Blues will fancy their chances of getting the required result against the Spaniards at Stamford Bridge in the return fixture, but it looks like Jose Mourinho may well be willing to sacrifice the Premier League title to ensure this happens.
The outspoken Portuguese trainer stated after the game at the Vicente Calderon that he would seriously consider fielding an understrength side against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday – which could well hand the title to the Reds.
“I must speak with Chelsea about priorities,” he stated at the post-match interview, quoted by ITV Sport.
“I’m not the most important person at the club. I do what the club decides.
“I would play [at Liverpool] with the players who won’t play on Wednesday but I have to speak with the club.”
Chelsea look set to be without Petr Cech and John Terry for the game on Merseyside, with the pair hobbling off with injuries against Atletico.
Mourinho may well have some logic in his potential decision of prioritising the Champions League, as the Blues are currently five points adrift of top-placed Liverpool.
Manchester City need Chelsea to get a result at Anfield to give them a fighting chance of finishing in top spot.