Former Brazil star Ronaldo says coach Tite has set a new standard for the Selecao.
Tite arrived in June 2016 to find the five-time world champions still reeling from their 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany two years previously and fears that they may not qualify for Russia 2018.
However, Brazil raced to qualification with 10 wins in 12 qualifiers under Tite and are now tipped among the favourites for this year’s World Cup – and Ronaldo insists the new boss deserves all the credit for their dramatic change in fortunes.
"Brazil are strong again,” Ronaldo told Bild.
“With Tite in command of the Selecao, there is now a certain standard of play that the team maintains. They are now a compact team, working as a single unit and [the players] are highly motivated.
“The Selecao has regained their respect and are playing a great football again.”
The 2002 World Cup-winner and three-time World Player of the Year also praised current posterboy Neymar, but did warn the PSG star he must continue to keep his cool after facing criticism for his on-field indiscipline.
"Neymar is an excellent player, the face of Brazilian football and I do not think he feels all the pressure of expectation,” Ronaldo said.
“There are some disciplinary problems, unnecessary yellow cards in the game, but he is still young.”
Tite, Neymar and Brazil continue their World Cup preparations in March when the Brasil Global Tour resumes with clashes against Germany in Berlin and Russia in Moscow.