Roman Abramovich has given his blessing to Jose Mourinho’s controversial plan to rest an entire XI in Chelsea’s showdown with Liverpool – even if it means surrendering the Premier League title.

Abramovich and his board will not prevent their manager making wholesale changes for the trip to Anfield on Sunday after Mourinho claimed that anything else would jeopardise the club’s hopes of reaching the Champions League final.

Mourinho risked outraging his rival managers – particularly Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini – by revealing on Tuesday night his desire not to start any of the same players at Liverpool as will feature in the semi-final second leg against Atlético Madrid on Wednesday.

His press conference after the first leg continued a week of contentious public statements which have led to his being charged last night with misconduct by the Football Association.

In what could prove a landmark case, the Portuguese was accused of calling into question the integrity of referee Mike Dean, as well as Mike Riley, the referees’ chief, after the explosive defeat against Sunderland on Saturday.

Mourinho used his post-match press conference to offer sarcastic “congratulations” to Dean and Riley, something viewed by the FA as a naked attempt to circumvent their rules on criticising officials.

Despite having been fined £8,000 twice this season – he is still challenging the second punishment – Mourinho is unlikely to be banned from the touchline if found guilty, with off-field offences usually sanctioned financially.

The same cannot be said for Mourinho’s assistant, Rui Faria, who was charged last night over his attempt to confront Dean following Sunderland’s controversial winning goal.

Faria was hit with two charges because he also had to be restrained by Mourinho after being ordered from the touchline. He is expected to be banned for several matches.