Great Dane confident ahead of Sky Blues clash
Danish international Thomas Kristensen believes the Roar can continue a strong run of form into the final five rounds of the Hyundai A-League season.
Brisbane head into Saturday night’s clash against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium (6:50pm KO QLD time) with four wins from their last six outings, with the only defeats coming against top-four opposition.
More importantly, John Aloisi's men have been putting in consistent strong performances and could reap the rewards in the run home to finals if that trend continues.
“Even though we lost against Newcastle [in Round 21], we played well and deserved more from that game, and the last month has been really good, especially in terms of starting the same eleven each week,” Kristensen said.
Saturday’s clash will be the first time in a number of matches in which Head Coach John Aloisi will have to make changes to the starting line-up due to injuries, but the Danish midfielder backs the 11 players that take the field to do their job.
“Of course consistency will always be good for a team, but we are lucky that we have five quality central defenders. That’s not normal and I know whoever plays will do their job on Saturday,” Kristensen continued.
The Dane himself had a delayed start to the season as he returned from injury, but believes he is hitting his straps as the season reaches the pointy end.
He was also the only Roar player to find the back of the net against the Sky Blues last season with a wonder strike leaving Sydney keeper Danny Vukovic with no answers.
With this weekend's opponents also featuring in AFC Champions League action last night, Kristensen says the Roar, who haven’t played a competitive fixture in almost a fortnight, may have a chance to overrun the defending champions.
“If we can keep the tempo up, we might be able to finish the stronger in the last 20 minutes or so. First and foremost though, we need to put in a good performance – it doesn’t matter unless we do that,” Kristensen concluded.
“It’s the final call, we have to say that – we need to get some points. We’ll take it one game at a time and do our best to get there.”
A win against the Sky Blues could draw the Roar back within a point of a top-six spot. You can watch all the action from Allianz Stadium LIVE on Fox Sports 501 & One from 6:30pm on Saturday night.
Hyundai A-League Round 23: Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar FC
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Saturday, 17 March (6:50pm KO QLD time)