Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 1-0 in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.
A Harry Kane penalty was the difference between the sides, with Spurs now in the driving seat ahead of the return leg at Stamford Bridge on January 22.
Lining up for the visitors on Tuesday was Ross Barkley, who was recalled to the side in place of Mateo Kovacic.
The Englishman was deployed in a midfield three along with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante.
This was his chance to recapture the form he showed earlier in the season, but it wasn’t to be for the ex-Everton man.
Barkley was poor again for the Blues, failing to impose himself or do anything meaningful.
Chelsea’s ‘gain’ is definitely no longer Tottenham’s loss
Tottenham will certainly be feeling OK about having lost out in the race to sign Barkley a year ago.
Spurs were supposedly one of the clubs interested in the midfielder, but supposedly baulked at the asking price, allowing their London rivals to swoop in January 2018 to secure a cut-price £15 million deal (BBC Sport).
Barkley’s performance at Wembley was surely vindication of the decision not to push harder and pay over the odds for him in the summer of 2017.
The defeat meant that Barkley’s poor record against Spurs has turned well and truly rotten. He has never been on the winning side against the Lilywhites, drawing five and losing six.