Brazil international striker Alexandre Pato has given a vote of confidence to coach Mano Menezes despite his country's stuttering start to the 2011 Copa America.
Widely regarded as the tournament favourites alongside hosts Argentina, Brazil have drawn their first two games against Venezuela and Paraguay, looking a shadow of their former selves on each occasion.
However, Pato saw grounds for optimism following their 2-2 draw with Paraguay on Saturday and told reporters: "I think the training sessions are getting better every day.
“We are coming together. At least we scored goals today. Now we have to work in order to improve and get better results.
"It was good [to play with two attacking midfielders and two strikers] because the centre-forward has a player right next to him. Mano is doing a great job."
The AC Milan forward acknowledged that the draw, which they obtained thanks to Fred's last-ditch equaliser, was below expectations but added that it was time to move on.
"Once again, it was not the result that everyone expected,” said Pato. "They turned things around quickly and we were not expecting that. Now we just have to forget about this game and keep on working."