An impressive win at Ecuador now in the bag, Brazil will target a second consecutive victory in the latest round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers when the former champions host the dangerous Colombia on Tuesday in Manaus.
Needing a win to get their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track, Brazil did just that, beating Ecuador in Ecuador for the first time in 33 years. Goals from Neymar and Gabriel Jesus, two of the stars of Brazil's gold medal winning campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympics, were enough to give the Selecao the much-needed win and put them within touching distance of top placed Argentina.
"The whole team was good, and so was he," Tite said after Brazil's victory last week. "The Neymar of Brazil, originating from Santos. A technical leader – he has several facets, competitiveness, behaviour. He fulfilled his role, closed space.
"The team had this spirit of solidarity."
Brazil are currently fifth in the standings, two points behind leaders Argentina, which goes to show how close the table is. Colombia, their opponents on Tuesday, are a point above Brazil on 13 from seven matches, having beaten Venezuela 2-0 on Thursday.
"Brazil have very good players who are enjoying an excellent moment, but trust us, we know the virtues we have defensively and will try to counter their attack," Arias told FCF.
However, it is Brazil who have the upper hand going into this match, considering they are unbeaten against Colombia at home for the last 71 years. With the form that they are in at the moment, especially with the likes of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus clicking, Brazil do look favourites to pick up another win in the World Cup qualifiers.
Having said that, though, recent matches between Brazil and Colombia have had an extra edge, with heated exchanges and heavy tackles flying in from both camps. Ever since Juan Camilo Zuniga ended Neymar's World Cup in 2014, Brazil vs Colombia have been fiery encounters, and more of the same can be expected in Manaus.
The two teams met in the Rio Olympics as well, with Brazil edging their rivals and with support on their side, Neymar and co. will want to give new manager Tite the perfect result in his first match on home soil.
Where to Watch Live
Brazil vs Colombia is set to begin at 8.45 p.m. local time (6.15 a.m. IST). Live Streaming and TV information is below.
India: TV: sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live Streaming: Sonyliv.
Brazil: TV: SporTV and Globo.
Colombia: TV: Caracol TV.
USA, Canada, Australia, Middle East: TV: Bein Sports. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.