The former Liverpool coach believes that the Spanish side have strengthened well...
The Spaniard took the reins from Jose Mourinho during the summer, and in an interview with publication Marca, he discussed his first impressions of the Nerazzurri and also his thoughts on the signings made by Atletico as the new season approaches.
Benitez was Liverpool coach when they were eliminated by Quique Sanchez Flores’ men in the semi-final of last season's Europa League, but maintained he is not out for revenge.
He stated: “I do not have a spirit of revenge, rather that of winning a title, but I know Atletico have reinforced very well. This is a better team than in May.
"[Diego] Godin is an assured defender, and Luis Filipe has shone. Tiago too, and Fran Merida, all of which have been given good reports. We are not favourites for this match.”
Benitez continued by saying that a number of his World Cup stars are short of fitness, which may lead to a slower match.
“Our physical condition is not exactly the best,” he claimed, before adding: “Many players who played in the World Cup have barely trained. There is much room for improvement in that respect. The game could go slowly.”
Benitez also commented on the trepidation of following in the footsteps of Jose Mourinho, but added that rather than attempt to replicate the tactics of the Portuguese, he has discussed the approach of the team with the players and is open to opinion.
He concluded: “We will continue playing as I think is best for the team, for now, but I talked a lot to the players. I asked them how they feel most comfortable, but for this match we have not had time to prepare alternatives.”