Slaven Bilic explains why second leg against Domzale does not feel like home game for West Ham

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers host the Solvenian side in the second leg of their Europa League qualifier on Thursday looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic has given a concerning appraisal of West Ham United's new Olympic Stadium home whilst speaking to reporters ahead of the Europa League qualifier second leg against Domzale on Thursday, as quoted by the Daily Express.

The Hammers will play their first competitive game at their new stadium tomorrow night looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit after their shock 2-1 defeat in Slovenia last week.

Whatever the result, the match will go down in the club's history as a watershed moment as they begin their life away from their traditional home of Upton Park.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Whilst Hammers fans and players wait to get the new era underway, it appears as though Bilic is harbouring reservations over the momentous occasion.

The Croatian manager warned reporters that his side - and the club's supporters - will not feel at home during the match and that the lingering memory of Upton Park may not do the Irons any favours.

Bilic said, as quoted by the Daily Express: "It doesn’t feel like a home game; it can’t feel like that. We are in London and we’re going to a Canary Wharf hotel for a meal, the coach is going to be there, so it’s going to be exactly like it was last year.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

"But the coach will not take us to Upton Park, it’s going to bring us here. For me Upton Park was a brilliant stadium. It’s very hard to imagine a better home – and I am not talking about the boxes and all that, the sandwiches or champagne.

"In terms of home advantage, Upton Park was brilliant. But I’m sure if we play well very soon this is going to become the home ground."

Everyone concerned with West Ham will be desperate to see the club kickstart its new era with a win tomorrow for a multitude of reasons, none more so than the fact that European football is a central ingredient of what the club is hoping to achieve.

Defeat against the Slovenian minnows would be a disaster for the club, particularly after their exit from the competition at a similarly early stage last season, and both the team and supporters will need to adapt immediately to their new surroundings to prevent that from happening.

West Ham's manager Slaven Bilic looks dejected

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