Poll: Should Chelsea be punished if they field a weakened team against Liverpool?

Jose Mourinho claims the Champions League is his priority and reports have suggested he could field a weakened starting XI against the Reds this weekend but what do you think?

In the wake of Chelsea's semi-final first leg draw with Atletico Madrid, manager Jose Mourinho claimed the Champions League was his priority at the expense of the Premier League.

With a potentially title-deciding clash coming this weekend against Liverpool, there have been suggestions the Portuguese may field a weakened team with one eye on the second leg at Stamford Bridge – though both Petr Cech and John Terry will definitely miss out through injury.

But that could yet bring sanctions from the Premier League, with clubs punished for making radical changes to their starting XI's in the past. Blackpool, famously, were fined £25,000 after Ian Holloway made 10 changes to his side for a 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa in 2011, while Mick McCarthy's Wolves were handed a suspended fine of the same amount 12 months prior.

At the time, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson criticised the decision, claiming coaches should be able to utilise the entirety of their playing squad.

Yet with Chelsea and Liverpool both chasing the title, the stakes could not be higher heading into their Anfield showdown and a win for Liverpool would see them seal the title in all but name.

So should Mourinho and Chelsea be punished if he chooses to field a weakened team – effectively handing the Reds the trophy – or is Sir Alex right, and should he be allowed to do as he pleases with his squad?


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