We had a few promising opportunities early on but nothing to get them worried.
It's the type of game we need a Mata or Sigurdsson to play that defence splitting pass or produce a bit of magic. Barkley for all his industry doesn't have that in his locker very often, if at all. I'd take either of those in replacement if he decides to go. It's what we desperately need.
They were playing for title, sphincters were on high alert.
Both would improve us, but on another day Barkley would have done better than both. I don't think Mata would have got much of a look in today, he's much more useful in possession and further forward than we had possession. I know Sigurdsson's stats suggest otherwise, but I don't really think of him as a creative player, he's more a second striker like Cahill or Lampard with late runs into box. But he's on set pieces and puts in some crosses. Good big fish in a smaller pond.
Think it's arguably the most important role in the PL, players like Hazard, Eriksen, Silva, Ozil are the level we should be aiming for in terms of creativity.