Brazil played out a score draw with Senegal and face Nigeria next, leading coach Tite to charge his boys to break free from their rotten run of form.
The Selecao are winless in the last four games, having drew 2-2 with Colombia and lost 1-0 to Peru in last month’s friendlies and are on their longest wait for a victory since 2013.
Coach Tite has however charged his under performing players to sit up and work harder to get better results with the Super Eagles lurking on Sunday, Soccernet.ng reports.
“We were below what we can do. The squad played less than what it can play,” Tite said at his post-Senegal-match news conference.
“It was less competitive than what it can be. The squad can give more than this. This wasn’t a good game.
“We need to get results. When we don’t, criticism emerges and I have to be mature enough to absorb it.”
Against Senegal, Brazil played a 4-4-2 formation – with Neymar and Liverpool’s Firmino the strikers upfront – and coach Tite has hinted of his desire to continue with same when Nigeria tackle his team on Sunday.
Asked about the Paris Saint-Germain forward’s performance, Tite admitted the 27-year-old is still getting used to playing regularly again having missed a few months through injury and transfer drama.
“He is getting back to his normal patterns,” he said.
“We are also making adjustments for him in the 4-4-2 system, as we’re doing within the whole team.”
Nigeria and Brazil do battle at the Singapore National Stadium on Sunday with the Super Eagles looking for their first ever win over the Selecao senior team.