Mourinho also asked about his decision to leave top scorer Ronaldo out of his squad for the match, which has been viewed by some as a reaction to the critical comments the £80million man made about Madrid's defensive approach to Wednesday's Champions League game with Barca.
Mourinho said: "It was my decision because I had Higuain and Benzema to play.
"They were both motivated and eager to play 90 minutes. Also, Higuain needs playing time to recover his top form. I also had (Emmanuel) Adebayor and Di Maria on the bench, I had options."