Dani Alves heaped praise on Gabriel Jesus and hailed him as their ‘new Ronaldo’ as Brazil prepare to lock horns with England in a friendly clash on Tuesday.
Brazil are one of the favourites for next summer’s World Cup in Russia – banking on the blockbuster partnership between Jesus and Neymar up front.
Brazil has improved a lot since Tite took charge in June 2016, but their last World Cup triumph was inspired by footballing genius Ronaldo in 2002.
And Brazil skipper showered praises on Jesus, saying: “I wasn’t joking when I called him the new Ronaldo.
“He’s already great and will get even better. For all that he’s done, all that he’s achieved, there’s no pressure. He’s doing what he loves.”
England are also in red-hot form – banking on the abilities of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, and Tite said: “City should be very pleased with Palmeiras and the coaches there who formed a player (Jesus) who is already at such a good level.
“To the point he came here with a natural fluency. I already mentioned the mental capacity he has and his technical ability. He didn’t need much time to adapt, he was already showing a very good level.
“The characteristics of Gabriel Jesus and Kane are a bit different. Gabriel attacks the space, gives us that depth; Kane is more positional. They’re two strong strikers.
“Kane is a penalty box player with an impressive finishing ability. He’s good in the air, good with his right foot and left. It’s very impressive, he has a lot of quality.”
Three Lions boss seems confident about his team’s chances in the World Cup next summer and he was bold enough to field a new-look side during their 0-0 draw with Germany on Friday.
England have won the World Cups at U20 and U17 level, and U 19 European Championship this year, and Tite said: “All the big teams, like England, have this new generation coming through.
“Even though Southgate has only had 13 games (as manager) so far, with Dele Alli, Kane, and the experience of (Gary) Cahill, that tradition counts, so I see England as one of the favourites (for the World Cup). I’m not just saying that because I’m here at Wembley, speaking in front of English people.
“Compared to Japan, the technical demands of (Tuesday’s) game are going to be higher.
“Historically, England’s is a mix between technical football, on the floor, but also physical contact, quality, short passing, triangulation.
“In the Premier League there are so many foreign coaches and different players; it’s a very strong league with different styles.”