Jose Mourinho wouldn’t dare send out a purposefully weakened Chelsea team against Liverpool, would he? The Chelsea manager says he plans to do so, but it’s unwise to believe him.
The 2013-14 Premier League championship hangs in the balance with the first- and second-placed teams set to face off in a potential title deciderSunday at Anfield. Liverpool’s 11-game winning streak has given it a five-point lead over Chelsea with just three games remaining.
A Liverpool victory would rule Chelsea out of the reckoning and leave Manchester City as the Reds’ sole rival for domestic supremacy. A Chelsea win would pull it back into the title race and set up a grandstand final two weeks.
Mourinho has threatened to spoil Sunday’s spectacle, but Brendan Rodgers won’t play “mind games” with him. Having taken his team to the brink of glory, the Liverpool manager has no intention of letting Mourinho’s antics blow his team off course.
On Thursday, NESN.com soccer editor Marcus Kwesi O’Mard and Sunday Telegraph football correspondent Jason Burth previewed Sunday’s crucial contest. The two discussed Mourinho’s threats and both teams’ potential lineups, as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
Listen to the podcast in the player below.
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