West Ham United v NK Domzale

3 Aug

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West Ham have a job to do – Bilic

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West Ham’s first game at the Olympic Stadium may feel like an away match to their players, says boss Slaven Bilic.

The Hammers begin a new era in their new home when they host Slovenia’s NK Domzale in the second leg of a Europa League third qualifying round tie.

Around 54,000 will see West Ham bid to overturn a 2-1 deficit but Bilic said: “It doesn’t feel like a home game.”

The Hammers left Upton Park at the end of last season to move to the stadium which hosted athletics at London 2012.

“We will do the same things – go for a meal, get on the coach, but instead of Upton Park, we’ll be coming here in front of 54,000,” added Bilic.

“There’s no better way to adjust to a new stadium than playing in it.”

West Ham need to win their first game at the Olympic Stadium, officially known as the London Stadium, to advance to the play-off round.

“We have a job to do and if we play better than what we did in the first leg we have a great chance of getting through,” added Bilic.

“We can find excuses and were missing players, but we should have played much better.

“We are back home and it is a big game for us on Thursday night. We want to qualify for the next round.”

France midfielder Dimitri Payet, Wales defender James Collins and Italy defender Angelo Ogbonna are not yet available for West Ham after their involvement at Euro 2016.

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