West Ham vs Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino looking for stadium move advice from Slaven Bilic

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Transition troubles | West Ham have won just six of 17 league games at the London Stadium: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino will hold talks with Slaven Bilic about the problems of settling into a new stadium.

Pochettino’s Tottenham meet Bilic’s West Ham on Friday at the London Stadium, which has not proved a particularly happy home for the Hammers in their first season there.

Tottenham face a similar test next season. They leave White Hart Lane at the end of this campaign and will stage home games at Wembley in 2017-18, before occupying their 61,000-seat stadium – a project costing about £800million – in the following season.

Pochettino said: “It is a great opportunity to listen to him. I am sure many questions will appear if I can speak to him before or after the game.

“Maybe he can advise us about different things. It’s always important to listen, be open and learn.

"We can see from the outside but we don’t know the reality. Things are different and you need to adapt to different things.

“I am sure they suffered a little bit and we are aware that next season will be very important to us. We need to do better than this season and be ready for everything.

"It is important that all the staff, the club and players know next season will be tougher. We need everyone to give their best to make sure we arrive at the new stadium in a good condition.

"It’s always difficult when you move grounds and we will start to see this at Wembley. We must make it our home.”

Pochettino also offered his support to Bilic, whose future has been under the microscope. He added: “I have a very good relationship with him. He is a great guy and a great manager. I think Slaven is doing a very good job and it will be good to see him.