"Riise has been training well and he clearly wants to make a difference at the right end. That came across in a one-to-one we had. He wanted to talk to me and he said he was ready and strong and I could have confidence in him, so we will see.
"The main thing is we stay compact as a team. The plan is simple really. We need to score and ideally to win. If we draw 1-1 we know Pepe Reina is good at penalties. The aim is to progress and when I look at the mood of my players I am confident we will do it."
Benitez must also to decide whether to keep faith with the fitful Ryan Babel.
"He has the pace and ability to change a game and he can be a matchwinner," said Benitez. "But the key is whether he can start at that level or be more effective coming off the bench."