Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves has hailed the national team coach of Brazil, Tite.

The Brazilian right back said that the Selecao boss reminded him of Barcelona former coach Pep Guardiola. Since taking over the national team side, Tite has enjoyed enormous success as Brazil’s coach. The coach, who led Corinthians to the club World Cup, has supervised four straight wins for national team, culminating in a 12-1 goal margin and higher hopes of making the 2018 World Cup set for Russia.

The victories have seen Brazil leap from sixth position to first in the South America World Cup qualifying region.

“No doubt. Not only of Tite, but his staff. It reminds me a little, despite some differences, of Guardiola in many things. That’s a great honour. I had a lot of desire to work with him, I had great expectations with his proposal,” Alves told Spor Tv.

The Juventus defender said he was happy to be working with Tite, and that his happiness with the coach resonated in the Brazilian camp. He praised Tite and his staff for helping the players do their jobs. Brazil thrashed Venezuela 2-0 in a much anticipated away game in Merida after thrashing Bolivia 5-0 in Natal five days earlier. The victories have earned Tite abundant praise for turning around the side so soon

Brazil have had a poor string of performances. From the 2014 disgrace by Germany on home soil to embarrassing shows in back to back Copa America tournaments.

The 2018 World Cup qualification was an impending disaster until Tite showed up. The next two games will be crucial to the whole campaign as Brazil clash with archrivals Argentina on November 10, and then play Peru five days later. With the current standings, Brazil already have one foot in Russia.