Brazil coach Tite opened Brazilian Football Confederation’s (CBF) Somos Futebol event in style this week, by talking through some the Selecao’s most famous goals from World Cup 1982.
From Zico’s dribbles to Socrates’ back-heels, Tite once again labelled the mythical side - who won hearts if not the trophy in Spain - as a source of great inspiration.
The former Corinthians man also spoke in opposition of the focus that is placed on coaches in Brazil, as he kicked off a week of philosophising on the game that will saw the likes of Marcelo Bielsa and Fabio Capello exchanging ideas.
"I want to ratify another concept of mine,” Tite told the auditorium in Rio. “Coaches are overvalued. I am not fooled by the fact that we have qualified for the World Cup and I have won my nine games in charge of Brazil.
“I will just as easily be criticised later on. I would like to live in the country that wins less, but has more stability.
Brazilian coaches remain, on average, in a job for three months. In England, the average Is 16 months, according to a book I read. The overexposure of coaches is not a good thing, we appear too much in the media, we just want to work hard.”
Tite has been praised as the man who has 'saved Brazilian football’ following his remarkable run since his July 2016 appointment, his perfect record ensuring the five-time world champions became the first nation to qualify for World Cup 2018.
He went on to thank those who have inspired him in his career, citing Rubens Minelli, Carlos Alberto Silva, Mario Zagallo, Tele Santana and Enio de Andrade.
But he insisted it is the players are of more importance, and that they must be granted the freedom to express themselves creatively.
"The players are the essence of the game,” he said.
“It is their creativity, the technical capacity of the player - the players have to be free to explore their individual creativity in the last third of the field, the team able to attack with six players, without concern for the defence.”
As he closed his lecture, Tite left the audience a message for reflection: "To win has come at the cost of our own competence... we must deserve to win... not win at any cost.”