Benitez caused a stir among Evertonians when he branded the club as one of the Premier League's "smaller teams" whilst at Anfield.
The Spaniard said: "I don't think they will be supporting me the whole time but the main thing for me is that my players do their job."
He added: "I think they are doing a good job. They are doing well. They have less resources than other teams and are still competing.
"They are near the top of the table so credit to them. It is a good team and a tough game for sure. We have to be ready.
"For us, we have to be ready physically as well as mentally for the game.
"They have been doing well in the past year and we know that Goodison is a difficult place to go to."