Cruzeiro meet coach Mozart Santos in a duel against CSA

(Photo: Bruno Haddad/Cruzeiro)



meet with

Mozart Santos

in the match against the


, at 4 pm on Sunday, at Independencia, for the 26th round of the

series B

. The 41-year-old coach was at Toca between the beginning of June and the end of July and was unable to move the team from the bottom of the standings. After resigning and giving way to Vanderlei Luxemburgo, he took charge of the Alagoas squad in place of Ney Franco, at the end of August, and has so far scored two victories, a draw and a setback in four games. Azulo moved up to eighth place, with 35 points, after beating Botafogo 2-0, this Thursday, at the Rei Pel stadium, in Macei.

Mozart arrived at Cruzeiro on June 10, after the board dismissed Felipe Conceio due to the elimination to Juazeirense in the third phase of the Copa do Brasil and the start in Serie B with two defeats to Confiana (3-1) and CRB (4 to 3). He came as a bet from football director Rodrigo Pastana, with whom he worked precisely at the CSA and almost gained access when he finished the second division of 2020 in fifth, with 58 points – three less than Juventude and Cuiab, third and fourth.

In his presentation, Mozart highlighted his preference for a style of ball possession and intensity in attack, as well as being a natural for the distrust in his work. “I read very naturally and I think it’s super normal. I am young as a coach. I am at my third club as a professional coach. I have a great history at the base, but as a professional coach my third club. This mistrust will dissipate with the results, with performance, I believe a lot”.

In the premiere of Mozart,

Cruzeiro drew 1-1 with Gois

, on June 12, in Mineiro, for the third round. The goal was scored in the 42nd minute of the second half by Marcinho, who was on the verge of being out of Felipe Conceio’s plans, but won an opportunity with the new technical commission. In the next duel,

the team beat Ponte Preta 1-0

, at Moiss Lucarelli, in Campinas, with a goal from striker Bruno Jos.

The start that looked promising gave way to a streak without a win, and Mozart came to be criticized for the constant changes in the lineup. On many occasions, he lost athletes through injury and/or suspension, but at the same time he made changes by option, such as the selection of Matheus Barbosa on the right side of the defense in the 0-0 draw with Brasil de Pelotas, in Rio Grande do South, for the ninth round. Top scorer of the team in 2021, with seven goals, the defensive midfielder ended up suffering a muscular injury in the game.

Mozart also stressed that his successor at Cruzeiro would be able to do a good job. “You can be sure that the coach who arrives will get a good game pattern (…). The results would come with me, but it’s obvious and fair that you change after nine games without a win. I don’t take it personally, I take it professionally. But I’m sure the team will have a result, mainly because of the good performance inheritance it will get”.

In fact, Vanderlei Luxemburgo achieved better results for the club compared to Mozart: four wins and six draws in 10 games (60% success), with 11 goals scored and seven conceded. Despite this evolution, Cruzeiro is still far from the G4 – 13 points less than fourth place, CRB – ​​and has a 0.6% chance of moving up to the first division, according to the Department of Mathematics at UFMG. In the current scenario, it will be necessary to win at least 11 of the remaining 13 appointments.

Opponents on Sunday, Luxembourg and Mozart are old acquaintances in the world of ball. In 2000, the coach from Cruzeiro, who was in the Brazilian team at the time, called up the then defensive midfielder of Flamengo to compete in the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Brazil advanced in first place in Group D, which also included Japan, South Africa and Slovakia, but fell in the quarterfinals after losing 2-1 to Camares, who passed Chile in the semifinal and won the gold medal with victory over Spain in penalties.