Difficult to believe he'll ever have an easier night's work, having barely had a touch of the ball all game.
Put in a brilliant tackle on Nelson Oliveira to halt a dangerous Deportivo attack, and though there were signs that he could have been caught out by pace on the break, the visitors never looked to exploit that avenue, allowing Puyol do as he pleased.
A swashbuckling performance from the full-back, who was a constant menace on the right-hand side and set up the opener with an excellent cross onto the head of Alexis Sanchez.
Solid in both halves of the field, as he took care of his defensive duties while providing a good outlet wide on the left in attack.
In the absence of Xavi, Thiago took on the mantle of playmaker and one world class piece of skill, a Marseille roulette in midfield, brought the crowd to their feet. However, such eye-catching moments were few and far between.
Mopped up loose ends effectively at the back, as the rare Deportivo foray into the opposition penalty area was snuffed out almost as quickly as it began.
Looked completely at ease in midfield, breaking up play effectively and releasing the ball quickly to the likes of Thiago and Cesc Fabregas to spark the Catalans forward.
Missed a really good chance early in the game by blasting over the bar from a good position but was far more dynamic and creative than he has been of late.
His passing was a bit heavy-handed on occasion, and put an end to a few promising attacks, while his contributions on the left flank were also limited by David Villa’s tendency to drift wide and receive the ball. However, he still offered some much-needed width.
Much better from the Chilean. His off-the-ball movement saw him find a lot of joy down the right flank, but it was centrally where he made his most decisive impact, as he headed home Dani Alves’ cross to open the scoring for his side with a confidence-boosting goal. Later combined brilliantly with Messi for the second.
With Lionel Messi on the bench, David Villa really seemed to be enjoying himself as the focal point of the attack, but his finishing let him down on more than one occasion as gilt-edged chances were spurned.
A string of excellent saves in the first half kept the Catalans at bay, and even for Sanchez’ opener, he tried his best to push the ball past the post. Would have been a route had it not been for him.
Though he battled hard against Sanchez, fatigue got the better of him in the end as he was caught out for the second goal.
Put in an excellent tackle to halt David Villa on what should have been the opener for the home side. Typified what wwas a committed display.
Made a number of solid defensive plays in the second half as the likes of David Villa found it hard to find any space.
After a solid game, chinks began to appear in his armour once Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta emerged from the bench to change the match.
Completely outclassed in the midfield battle by Barca, as he failed to offer his defence any sort of meaningful protection.
Managed to win the ball off Fabregas on a few occasions, but once in possession, rarely had any idea of an effective way to distribute it.
The veteran managed to play one or two lovely passes forward, but he spent most of the game playing off the ball, which will never see him at his most effective.
Put in a fair bit of defensive work on the right flank as he made some key tackles.
Made a few encouraging runs forward, but the sheer distance that often existed between him and the would-be passer meant that the ball was cut out long before it could reach him. Still, worked hard.
Starved for service and support, it was a frustrating outing for the Benfica loanee, who barely had a touch of the ball all game.