Ahead of Sunday’s Madrid derby, Real Madrid have been handed a Bale and Ramos boost, as both players will be available.
Bale suffered a calf problem against Shakhtar Donestk back in September, while Ramos was forced off with a dislocated shoulder in the same match.
But Benitez is pleased to announce that both Bale and Ramos will be fit to face Atletico on Sunday.
“Bale and Ramos can play. I talked to them. They are fine, excited and with desire,” he told reporters.
But Benitez knows the threat Atletico can pose, despite the disappointing 2-1 Champions League defeat to Benfica on Wednesday, and is wary of the coaching talent of Simeone.
“Atletico are a great team, they are well managed. We are very focused knowing that they will be too,” the former Liverpool manager added.
“Despite the result, Atlético had their chances against Benfica. But I insist that every game is different.”