Brazil midfielder Renato Augusto has stressed the importance of Brazil arriving at next year’s World Cup on a high.
The five-time world champions have been reborn under coach Tite, strolling to Russia with ten wins and two draws that saw them top South American World Cup qualification.
The Selecao will meet Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica in the group stage in what has been seen at home as a favourable draw, but the 29-year-old insists Brazil face tough group-stage opposition and must continue their excellent preparations for the tournament.
“They are all difficult opponents,” said the Beijing Guoan man.
“We have not yet talked to Tite about them, but we are aware of the qualities of each opponent. Switzerland are very strong defensively, so we need to be well prepared and stay calm.
“I always say that the most important thing is to continue with this excellent work being done by Tite and the technical committee, and to stay focused on having a great tournament regardless of the opponents we face.”
China-based Renato Augusto has repeatedly joined up with the squad days before the rest of the squad arrive in order to undergo extra physical work with the coaching team.
And with the Chinese Super League now finished and not set to resume until March, the former Flamengo and Corinthians man says he will begin a specially-developed individual training regime from this month.
"In the next few days I will start a new schedule of physical preparation hat was discussed with Bruno [Mazziotti, Brazil physio] and Fabio [Mahseredjian, physical trainer] in order to reach the Cup at a the highest possible level. I want to arrive in Russia in peak condition.”
Renato Augusto and Brazil return to action in March 2018, when the Brasil Global Tour resumes with friendlies against Russia in Moscow and Germany in Berlin.