No winter blues for Roar's Danish star
FOOTBALL: Thomas Kristensen is dreaming of a white Christmas ... and three points for the Brisbane Roar.
The former Danish international said he was struggling with the concept of the festive season in the sun but the thought of defeating the Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium tonight was where his focus was.
Kristensen's family is not with him in Brisbane but he said he had been made to feel at home.
"Every day I get invited to a barbecue ... people are really friendly and want to invite you into your home,” the 33-year-old said.
"It's a bit of a different feeling for Christmas. Normally in Denmark we have about a month break now. I think the season in Denmark starts again in February.
"So normally this time of year I am just sitting at home eating.
"To be fair that's nice and I don't really have that Christmas feeling as I do in Denmark when it gets cold.
"Here when I go into the pool it's like 35 (degrees).”
Roar coach John Aloisi was asked if his star midfielder was feeling homesick but the ex-Socceroo said rather than wanting to go back to Scandinavia, Kristensen was enjoying himself.
"I am not sure about homesick, I think he's loving it,” he said.
"The weather's good, he's loving his football at the moment, he's been scoring goals - and he is not known to score a lot of goals.”
Kristensen was signed at the start of the season as a replacement for Spanish midfielder Corona.
Some pundits had been comparing the two but Aloisi said the Dane was now coming into his own and should not be matched up against his predecessor.
"You can't compare one player to another player, they have all got different qualities,” Aloisi said.
"We knew that bringing in Thomas Kristensen, he was going to be important to us. We felt that he was going to add to our side and add to our squad and he has shown that.
"I still think he's improving because he is getting to know his teammates a lot more and as a team we are improving all together.
"Kristensen's been really good for us. We know that he's a really quality player.
"A lot of our play starts through him and Matt McKay - they are important for us and they are intelligent players, they know when to quicken the game up and when to slow it down.”
Kristensen was missing the last time the two sides met in a 1-1 draw in Sydney in round eight.
The Dane said that was a tough night for the Roar but after now going nine games unbeaten and with a lengthy undefeated home run, the team was not worried about playing anyone.
"I saw it from home and after we went in front we struggled a little bit, especially in the second half when we got pegged back,” he said.
"Right now we have the feeling that it doesn't matter if we play at home or away we are able to get something out of every game.
"I think Sydney FC is keeping us grounded because they are the team to beat at the moment.
"We are a little bit behind but at the moment we are only looking at ourselves and trying to improve every game.”