Brazil coach Tite has praised the character and resilience of his side as they came from behind to secure an emphatic 4-1 World Cup qualifying victory against Uruguay on Thursday.
Edinson Cavani’s 40th international goal gave the hosts an early lead during the match in Montevideo, but Brazil responded in emphatic fashion, with Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho proving the unlikely hero, as he scored a hat-trick.
Neymar was also on the scoresheet for the five-time world champions, who have now opened up a seven-point gap at the top of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying standings with just five rounds of fixtures still to come.
The victory also preserves Tite’s 100 per cent record since succeeding Dunga as Brazil manager last summer and he admits he was impressed by his side’s display, highlighting the character and resolve they showed throughout the contest.
“To play here and win here in Uruguay is a very difficult thing. Here you have a really strong atmosphere, energy,” Tite told reporters.
“You have to have your highest focus. You have physical, technical, tactical and mental aspects.
“If you come here and get shy to act, to show your game, or if you feel shy to be defensive, because of the pressure from the fans, for instance, you won’t play well.
“So mentally the squad must be strong. More so if you go down 1-0.”
Brazil are priced at 8.00 to claim a sixth world title in Russia next summer and they will be looking to move a step closer to the finals by securing a victory against Paraguay on home soil on Tuesday.