The former Corinthians boss succeeded Dunga as coach of Canarinho following their disappointing group stage exit at this summer’s Copa America Centenario, and he has impressed since taking over the reins, winning all four of his matches to guide the team to the top of South American World Cup qualifying.
The 55-year-old’s influence has certainly not gone unnoticed by Barcelona ace Neymar, who believes the experienced coach is one of the best he has ever worked under.
“The arrival of Tite has changed the national team, but not the environment,” Neymar said. “Tite has surprised me a lot as a coach. He is one of the most prepared and one of the best I’ve ever worked with.”
Neymar is convinced that Tite can guide Brazil to World Cup glory in two years’ time, as the five-time world champions go in search of their first global triumph since 2002.
He added: “It is great to play under Tite. I’m very sure he will take us to the World Cup, perhaps even to a title.”
Southampton have announced plans for a two-week tour of China as part of their pre-season preparations for the 2018-19 season.