First off: Barca played well. It was weird watching Barca to do us what we can do to other teams. It was even weirder to see a draw after long periods of domination - especially in the first half - since we are equally good at doing this too.
I was nervous at seeing both Fabregas and Gallas in the team this evening, and I don't think either gamble paid off. I don't see how a player who has - as described only a week ago - an 'endless' calf injury and not played in 7 weeks starts. That said, Gallas did well during his time on the pitch; we've just paid for it with his injury reoccurring.
However, when Gallas did get injured, I was really disappointed that Campbell wasn't subbed on. I know he played at Birmingham, but he would have effectively only played one half of the game, and he wasn't up against the quickest attacker in the world (Ibrahimovic). In fact, when you look at the goals we conceded, the experience and positioning of a centre back by trade such as Sol might have made the difference. Even with Campbell not playing today, I can't see us playing him against Wolves at the weekend, so he would have had a week to recover if he had played anyway.
Fabregas shouldn't have started the game. He clearly wasn't fit, and drifted in and out of the game. However, what a big penalty that might be. He does have heart!
Diaby was woeful. No first touch, misplaced passes everywhere, anonymous for chunks of the game. This isn't to criticise him overall - he has made massive improvements this season - but to me it looked like a big case of stagefright.
Denilson did well. In retrospect, you can see how Denilson's game (aka physique) does just fine against another non-physical team such as Barca.
Walcott again shows that he does have it in his game to be a match-changer. Good to see him do well for us. Bendtner also had a decent game tonight too - he had precious little service and yet he could have scored, provided the pass to put Walcott in, and released Fabregas for the penalty.
Hopefully the quartet of Gallas, Fabregas, Arshavin and Denilson aren't too injured. We still have a chance in this tie, and for all their faults, our team does not lack fighting spirit.