Brazil head coach, Tite has praised his side after they played a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Peru in Lima. He also praised their opponents, who he admitted forced him to make changes.
The win over Peru is the Selecao’s sixth consecutive victory in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, they’re closer to qualifying for a spot in Russia.
However, the five-time world cup winners had to withstand a early onslaught from Peru, who almost went ahead, but Carrillo saw his shot hit the post.
“In the first half we faced an aggressive side who attacked from midfield,” Tite said.
“We could only impose ourselves as a strong Peru side naturally tired as the game went on. Then the spaces began to appear, and we set out to ensure our individuals exploited the space.
“With Neymar finding it difficult to break through, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho and Dani Alves started to appear on the right. It was a very difficult game I’m very happy with the way we coped.”
Tite’s Brazil are yet to go behind and have largely dominated all six of his matches in charge. However, on Tuesday they were forced to weather the storm during the first half and the coach said he made some vital changes at half-time.
“I swapped Paulinho and Renato Augusto,” he said.
“[Christian] Cueva was working behind Renato Augusto on their right, and I knew if he kept finding space he could create a goal.
“If the ball arrived to Paolo Guerrero I knew he would score, I worked with Paolo at Corinthians, so I moved Renato to the right, where he could play with Coutinho like he did at times with [previous coach] Dunga. The second half was much better.”