Cape Town - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to make wholesale changes for Sunday's crucial English Premiership clash with Liverpool.
GALLERY: Atletico Madrid v Chelsea
Kick-off is at 15:05 SA time.
The Blues, who drew 0-0 with Atletico Madrid last night in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final, suffered a double blow with goalkeeper Petr Cech and captain John Terry both sustaining injuries.
Cech will not play again this season after suffering a shoulder injury in the first half, with Terry facing a similar fate after limping out in the second period with a foot problem.
Prior to that game, Chelsea were set to head to Anfield looking to narrow the five-point gap to Liverpool in the final three matches of the season.
But after the 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland last time out in domestic action Mourinho has admitted he now wants to prioritise his quest for continental glory, a decision which may upset Manchester City, who are still battling for the title too.
According to Sky Sports, the Portuguese coach will have to consult with the rest of the club before deciding on which players to include in the clash against Liverpool on Sunday, but insists that he will rest those who he feels will play a crucial role against Atletico in the second leg next Wednesday.
Chelsea’s previous encounter at Anfield resulted in a 2-2 draw, and Liverpool (on the brink of their first premier league title in 24 years) will certainly not be short of any motivation this time round. With their 12th man behind them, Brendan Rogers’ side will definitely come out all guns blazing.
Previous results at Anfield:
Liverpool wins: 48
Chelsea wins: 11
Liverpool goals: 158
Chelsea goals: 80