Carles Puyol: B+
Captain Puyol was treated to a start against Benfica and did very well. There were no mistakes made by him, and it was evident he was doing the majority of the leading early on for Barcelona.
Puyol is beginning to look more and more like his best self, and if this games shows anything, it is that he is nearly back to his best form.
The current form is only a plus for La Blaugrana, and cules everywhere are hoping he continues to get healthier.
Puyol was nearly perfect on the day. Between shouldering the defensive duties and leading a relatively young squad, he should be proud of his game against Benfica.
Adriano also had a very stellar game in the center of defense, proving to be quite the utility man, playing in multiple positions.
His speed allowed him to catch Benfica on breaks and shut down plays, as well as make some vital stops in the box. It seems there is nothing Adriano can't do.
A very solid game with relatively no mistakes sees Adriano receiving a well-deserved B for his efforts.
Martin Montoya: B
Young Martin Montoya has been given a lot of time this season due to the injuries of regular starter Dani Alves (via ESPN). It is quickly becoming apparent that Montoya is ready to become the full-time starter.
Against Benfica he linked up well with the attack but was also formidable when coming back to defense. The left wing of Benfica went practically unused as Montoya shut down most attempts.
The 21-year-old La Masia graduate is getting better with every game. He looks solid in any competition and already fits in masterfully with the Barcelona first team.
Carles Planas: C
Carles Planas has been very impressive in his stint with Barcelona B and has begun to get time with the first team. The Catalan left-back performed well at times against Benfica but was easily the weak link in the Barcelona defense.
Planas was often caught out of position and looked to be lost at major intervals of the game. His one-on-one defending almost cost two goals, as well.
There were bright points in his game, as his passing was up to par with his teammates' skills. His vision of the field was also outstanding, for a defender of his age.
Planas may have a future with the club, but it is going to take more development before he is ready.