Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois has ridiculed Tottenham ’s efforts to raise the decibel level at Wembley on Sunday.
Spurs piped the sound of a drummer through the PA system and handed out plastic flags to supporters in a bid to improve the atmosphere in their temporary home ground.
It did not help change their fortunes on the pitch, though — they were beaten 2-1 to take their record to just two wins from their last 11 games at the national stadium, which they will play for the rest of this season.
Keeper Courtois admitted Tottenham fans were more vocal in the second half as their team pinned Chelsea back, but said: “If they make more noise it would be better for them but, if you have to put noise over the speakers to create atmosphere, it is not working very well.”
Spurs will continue to amplify the sound of the drummer in the stands, an idea that was adopted after consultation with fans.
But Courtois believes having to play all of their home Premier League games at Wembley this season will be a massive handicap for a team that’s finished third and second in the past two campaigns, because away teams will raise their games.
The Belgian said: “Wembley is an amazing stadium. These stadiums make you want to play even better. It is like a Champions League game where you can rise above yourself. All the teams that play there will give more so for Spurs it won’t be easy.
“On the other other hand, if they have 70,000 or 80,000 fans there, they can make it difficult for a lot of teams.
“They have the capacity now to bring a lot of fans into the stadium. In the second half they were pressing and 70,000 people started to wake up.
“They only got 40,000 at White Hart Lane but the downside at Wembley Stadium is that they are further from the pitch than they are at White Hart Lane. At White Hart Lane, where the pitch is smaller, you feel the pressure when they are pressing you.
“We have a mental advantage over them because we won here in the FA Cup semi-final.”
Despite playing at Wembley, where they have rarely prospered, Spurs were warm favourites to beat Chelsea on Sunday largely because the Blues were so poor in their opening match a week earlier at home to Burnley.
But Courtois believes that nightmare start to the new campaign provided a wake-up call for the defending champions.
The Blues have been frustrated in the transfer market this summer but Courtois still believes they can retain their title. And he promised they will not endure the kind of nightmare they went through when they last defended their title two seasons ago.
Courtois added: “Maybe we needed a little wake-up call, something to remind us that we need to give 150 per cent this year and not 100 per cent. That’s what we gave against Tottenham on Sunday.
“I remember two years ago we had to go to Manchester City for our second game and we lost there – it was a difficult start for us.
“But this victory was good. Next week we play at home against Everton, who are doing well. We don’t have the easiest start but this victory boosts confidence.
“The Premier League is very long. Last year we didn’t start very well.
“We won the first games but then we had a difficult September. A lot of people said we couldn’t win the league but we did it.
“We know the Premier League is a marathon, not a sprint of one month or two months.
“We will try to work hard and maybe after the international break we can build on this result, play an amazing year and win trophies by the end of the season.”