Tite believes his Brazil (7/2 2018 World Cup outright) squad are still evolving and has backed them to continue growing mentally to meet expectations at the 2018 World Cup.

The South American giants booked their spot in the last-16 on Wednesday courtesy of a comfortable 2-0 victory over Serbia in their final Group E outing.

Brazil’s campaign in Russia got off to a shaky start, drawing 1-1 with Switzerland, however, back-to-back victories over Costa Rica and Serbia, having kept clean sheets in both games, has provided optimism of a run deep into the competition.

The Selecao will take on Mexico, who kicked off their World Cup with a 1-0 triumph over Germany, in the first knockout round in Samara on Monday (Match Betting – Brazil 8/15, Draw 10/3, Mexico 6/1).

Following Germany’s exit from the World Cup, Brazil are the standout favourites to go all the way, but Tite isn’t concerned about what the markets represent.

Instead, he insists he just wants his squad to continue improving as the tournament develops and feels that will help them to meet expectations.

“We don’t live off expectations, we live off reality,” Tite said. “This is a team that is growing mentally stronger in the competition and taking the pressure with a good performance on the pitch and a balanced team.

“With bookmakers it is all very random. For us it is about getting stronger and growing.

“We embrace expectations, but this team has created a high expectation because it did very well during qualifying and in the friendlies.

“Then you come to the World Cup which is a new format. We embraced the expectation and I wanted them to play like they played against Croatia and Austria [in friendly matches], but the World Cup brings out different characteristics.”

He added: “There are huge expectations but we are evolving and consolidating.”

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