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By ESPN Staff

'Just' Jose: Ends do not justify the means

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho does not encourage his players to dupe referees because he believes 'the end doesn't justify the means'.

After Everton yesterday claimed they were submitting a formal complaint to the Football Association following Mourinho's attack on England striker Andrew Johnson, the Portuguese has reportedly spoken further on the issue of diving and deceiving referees.

The Toffees are furious with Mourinho's comments after the champions' 3-2 victory at Goodison Park on Sunday in which implied striker Johnson dived after a challenge by Khalid Boulahrouz.

Mourinho branded Johnson 'a dangerous kind of opponent' and claimed he was 'not fair'.

While Mourinho and Chelsea have not made further comment on Johnson this week, Mourinho has spoken of his dislike for gamesmanship.

'The end doesn't justify the means,' he told The Sun.

'I'm a just person, I don't like to lose because of an injustice and I don't like to win because of an injustice.'

Having closed the gap between themselves and Barclays Premiership leaders Manchester United to two points, Mourinho has insisted his belief that Chelsea will retain their title is as strong as ever.

'I am as convinced as I was three or four months ago we are going to win the title,' he said.

'I have won four consecutive titles (two with Porto). It's not normal for one club to do that and even less for one coach.'