Cruz Azul will seek to leave behind the bad feelings that he left in his debut in the Grita México 2021 tournament. The current Liga MX champion fell surprisingly against Mazatlán FC at home by a score of 0-2. The squad led by Juan Reynoso registers numerous casualties, due to injuries and calls for the national team. Before, Santos Laguna will seek to offer a better performance.
For day 2 of the tournament, the Peruvian technical director would have prepared some modifications with respect to the first alignment of the Celeste Machine. Players like Alexis Gutiérrez, Alexis Peña and Lucas Passerini would have the opportunity to start as starters against the Warriors, in a reissue of the 2021 Guardians final.
Cruz Azul’s probable XI against Santos Laguna on matchday 2 of Grita México would be: Andrés Gudiño, Julio César Domínguez, Pablo Aguilar, Alexis Peña, Juan Escobar, Alexis Gutiérrez, Ignacio Rivero, Rafael Baca, Santiago Giménez, Walter Montoya and Lucas Passerini.
For this meeting Juan Reynoso will not be able to have ten players for different reasons. José de Jesús Corona, Luis Ángel Mendoza and Adrián Aldrete are injured. Orbelín Pineda, Roberto Alvarado, Luis Romo and Sebastián Jurado are concentrated with the Mexican National Team, in the Gold Cup and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Jonathan ‘Cabecita’ Rodríguez and Yoshimar Yotún, who played the Copa América 2021 with their national teams, will be absent after requesting special permits and will join the squad next week. Finally, Guillermo ‘Pol’ Fernández will be dismissed after requesting permission to attend to personal matters.
The match between Santos Laguna and Cruz Azul will be held this Sunday, August 1 at the Corona Stadium at 6:00 p.m.
On matchday 1 of the Grita México tournament, Santos Laguna beat Necaxa by a score of 0-3. Although on paper the Warriors paint as favorites, the statistics play in favor of the Celestial Machine. In their last five clashes, the cement producers have achieved three victories, a draw and only one defeat against the Albiverdes.