Didn't have too much to deal with in the first half other than coming for a few crosses, which he did with authority. Remained big to deny Neymar one-on-one and made a few vital punches near the end.
Didn't show as much attacking ambition as usual as he had to deal with Messi drifting to the right-hand side to try and find possession.
Was a real defensive warrior at the back and put his head on everything and anything that came into the box.
Had his hands full with Neymar down the right wing and, although he struggled a couple of times with the Brazilian's pace, ultimately stuck to his task well and didn't allow too many runs in behind.
Was always straight at the back of Messi whenever the Argentine had the ball and didn't allow him any time whatsoever to turn and get a shot on goal.
Showed supreme intelligence on the ball all evening and his decision-making in the latter stages was fantastic.
Reverted back to his days as a no-nonsense midfielder tonight as he put himself about and left a leg in a few challenges.
Organised his side brilliantly and made sure everyone stuck to their task when in defensive positions.
Screened the defence solidly and was always available as an extra defender in the middle of the box whenever Barca were attacking.
Looked extremely up for the game right from the first whistle and continuously put pressure on the Barcelona defence, forcing them into mistakes.
Should have got on the scoresheet against his former side but struck the bar not once but twice with a decent strike and a superb volley.
Didn't inspire confidence at all when he had the ball at his feet and always looked on the verge of making a mistake. However, he did pull off several saves to thwart the hosts.
Attempted to get forward and support the strikers whenever he could but when moving up the park he found desperately little room and often had to go backwards.
Attempted to rush out of position in an attempt to snatch the ball from the feet of David Villa, which didn't always work which left the defence exposed.
Didn't really get the opportunity to stretch his legs down the left wing as Atletico often sat deep absorbing pressure. Was out-jumped at the back post by Adrian for the opening goal.
Attempted to take the game by the scruff of the neck but his passing lacked any kind of real penetration and, although accurate as always, didn't really stretch Atletico.
Made a couple of extremely rare errors in judgement in the first half in which he passed the ball straight out of play.
Initially looked to have Koke marked but failed to stick to his task and allowed the Atletico man to drift in at the back post to score the opener.
Had a half-hearted penalty appeal turned down after he went down too easily under the challenge of Godin, and had a few shots trickle wide in the first half.
Looked absolutely all over the place for this first goal in which he ventured out of position then opted to step back into no man's land.
Left Atletico defenders for dead at times with his skill and a couple of dribbles down the left-hand side lead to chances being created for team-mates.
Would have beeen disappointed that he didn't get onto the scoresheet in the first half as he sent a header wide before whipping a shot just past the post.