"He is a coach with a unique capacity to communicate, that's why he has got where he is and why he was able to dig us out of the trouble we were in", said Atletico captain Gabi, who has won the La Liga title, King's Cup and reached two Champions League finals under Simeone.
While Benzema is Madrid's top choice to accompany Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in attack, Griezmann's importance to Atletico is paramount.
Atletico Madrid president, Enrique Cerezo, has insisted that star forward, Antoine Griezmann, will not move to Real Madrid or Manchester United. "The great players show what they can do in games of this magnitude".
Madrid believe they are capable of persuading Ramsey to ditch the Gunners in favour of a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu, with Zinedine Zidane ready to offer the 25-year-old a chance of regular football.
"We're going to try to have a better season than a year ago", he said.
Zidane's side have now gone 29 games unbeaten and they made the most of Barcelona's goalless draw at home to Malaga earlier in the day to extend their lead at the top.
Despite scoring just twice from open play in his last 13 games against Atletico, Ronaldo has remained ideal from the penalty spot.
Ronaldo has scored against Atletico in three different competitions, with 11 goals coming in the Spanish league, six in the Copa del Rey and one in the Champions League.
Ronaldo's opening goal did not take long to arrive, though, as he smashed a 23rd-minute free kick that beat Oblak with the help of a deflection off Stefan Savic. The other hat trick came in his first season with Madrid in 2012, and he also netted at the venue in 2014.
Atletico have won four and drawn two of the last six league derbies, just one demonstration of how charismatic Argentine coach Diego Simeone has transformed the fortunes of the sleeping giant he took over in December 2011.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo shoots a penalty kick to score his side's second goal against Atletico Madrid during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.
However, Atletico did also inflict Zidane's only La Liga defeat as Real boss to date in their last league meeting in February.