Mourinho said: "It was difficult. They are a team with great experience,' he said. 'You see the midfield, Montolivo, Muntari, Boateng coming inside, I am speaking about players with great experience. They know how to play football. They're with Massimiliano Allegri for a long time now and are tactically mature, they know how to defend.
"Mario Balotelli is very fast with El Shaarawy, so it was a good experience for us. From a tactical point of view they gave us something to work on, a different kind of problem, and Real Madrid will be different too. We need this to arrive the best we can at the Hull City match. [In pre-season] we have five victories but zero points, and we need points.
"We have very creative players to play around the striker. All of them are fast, creative, young, [there are] many options. Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle, Victor Moses, De Bruyne, lots of options and quality."