"Benzema is in the Matchday squad, he's trained well. We'll decide if he'll play tomorrow." That's what Benítez had to say about the French striker, who is making his return from a muscle injury he picked up in a friendly with France. All things considered, Benzema will almost surely make the starting lineup for El Clásico given how badly the team missed him since he got injured. "
Benítez is happy about recovering most of his players. "This will be I think only the second time this season I have all my players available," said the Spanish manager. It will be important for Benítez to have that kind of depth.
When asked about Real's game plan against Barcelona, Benítez was clear: "I think Real Madrid have to attack, to try and score goals and that is what we are going to try and do. Real Madrid have to attack no matter who is in front. We don't pay attention to our opposition that much, we like to focus on our own performances. We don't like being second. We want to be first. Tomorrow we're going to try to achieve exactly that."
Ramos had to leave the match against Sevilla with a shoulder injury but he will be good to go. "Ramos is the captain. He has to be there. And he will be there. He is working really hard to be fit and recover from his injury."