The Spaniard has urged the Ukrainian side to "show their level" in their upcoming Champions League clash with Juventus, a game which has huge implications for the Blues
The west London club must beat Nordsjaelland and hope the Italian champions lose in order to seal a place in the knockout stages of Europe's premier competition.
But, despite Mircea Lucescu's side having already sealed their place in the last 16, Benitez feels Shakhtar will still have a point to prove in their final group game.
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"When you know the top sides in Europe or in the world are watching you then you have to perform. Obviously, Juve will go for the win but Shakhtar will need to show this level that they have.
"They might finish second and have to play against one of the top sides in Europe and it will be more difficult, so I think they will try to win."