June 4, 2023

Cruzeiro squad: squad, suspicions and embezzlement against Santos

Santos revealed Cruzeiro goalkeeper Rafael Cabral (Photo: Gustavo Aleixo/ Cruzeiro)

a Sea trip Santos must face with the starting team that has achieved two consecutive victories in the Brazilian Championship, against Grêmio (1-0, in Independencia, in Belo Horizonte) and Bragantino (3-0, in Nabi Abi Chedid, in Braganca Paulista).

The only adjustment will be the return of defender Lucas Oliveira after the suspension. The ball is rolling on Saturday (6/5), at 4 pm, in Independencia, for the fourth round of Serie A.

  • potential Sea trip to confront Santos Rafael Cabral, William, Lucas Oliveira, Luciano Castan, and Marlon; Richard, Ramiro and Mateus Vitale; Bruno Rodriguez, Nico and Gilberto.

Why should Oliveira come back?

Oliveira was shown a red card in his clash with Grêmio as a result of his second yellow card. Forward Luis Suarez made a mistake, already at the end of the second half, when he tried to take the ball in the middle of the field of defense.

Against Bragantino, I used Pepa Neris alongside Castán, and the pair had a safe performance. However, Oliveira is seen as a key player in taking the ball out and the aerial game. Number 6 scored with a header in Rabosa’s debut in Brazil – a 2-1 loss against Corinthians, at the New Quimeca Arena, in São Paulo.

Possible change in attack

At the start, Peppa must keep Cruzeiro’s attacking trio, Nikao, Bruno Rodriguez and Gilberto. However, the number 10 did not fare so well at the start of the Série A, that his replacement, Rafael Bello, was favored by part of the crowd.

Center forward on the bench

Gilberto gained confidence by scoring 3-0 in a 3-0 win over Bragantino (although he missed a stunning chance in the 43rd minute of the second half). On the bench, the option is Henrique Dorado, top scorer in the 2017 Brazilian League with 18 goals. Peppa hasn’t used it yet in the league.


Peppa did not call up midfielder Walson, who complained of pain in his right knee. He spent the last few days devoted to physical labor at Toca da Raposa II. Other absentees are right-back Wesley Gasolina (right knee injury) and defensive midfielders Fernando Henrique (physical transfer) and Ian Lucas (called up to the U-20 national team).

Cruzeiro x Santos: broadcast and schedule

  • date and time: May 6, 2023, 4 p.m. (Brasilia time)
  • local: Independence Stadium in Belo Horizonte.
  • Where to watch: Premiere (closed TV)
  • at present: Supersports from 3:30 p.m
  • to rule: Bruno Arlio de Araujo (FIFA)