Jose Mourinho has hinted he will not follow Brendan Rodgers in picking a weakened team like the Liverpool manager sent out to face Real Madrid last night.
The Reds chief left Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli on the bench at the Bernabeu as the Champions League holders secured a 1-0 victory.
It was a move that suggested Rodgers has one eye on Saturday’s lunchtime showdown with Chelsea at Anfield.
Blues boss Mourinho is far from happy with the quick turnaround between tonight’s clash with Maribor and the trip to Merseyside but has given up lodging complaints.
But despite having one day less to recover for the Premier League game, Mourinho has dismissed suggestions he will rest players against difficult opposition.
“If Liverpool decide to rest players when they play against the European champions it’s a question for the Liverpool manager, it’s not a question for me,” Mourinho said last night.
“I don’t speak about Liverpool. I speak about myself. If one day I go to a game and I don’t feel I can win, maybe I don’t go.
“Normally, against the most difficult opponents, normally I will try to go with my best team.”
Chelsea ran out comfortable 6-0 winners in the reverse fixture with Maribor at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago.
Another routine win is predicted by many in Slovenia this evening, however Mourinho is expecting a different test to the walkover in west London.
“The 6-0 win is a fake situation because it was the only match, along with the game against Everton, where one chance was one goal,’ explained the Portuguese.
“Normally, to score goals, we need a lot of chances and many times we’ve paid the price. Against Maribor everything went in our direction, the first opportunity we had was a goal, the second was a goal and so on.
“I know they are a good team, I watched them against Sporting and Schalke mainly, but I also watched a couple of matches from the Slovenian league.
“ They are well-organised and have good players who try to play offensive football.”
Victory over Maribor tonight, coupled with a win for Schalke over Sporting Lisbon, would guarantee Chelsea a place in the knockout stages with two games to spare in Group G.
Chelsea have taken a squad of 22 players to face Maribor, including a fit-again Diego Costa following his return from injury.
Follow all the build-up, matchday coverage and post-game reaction to Maribor v Chelsea on GetWestLondon .