Defender Thiago Silva believes Brazil restored some pride in the famous shirt after a 1-0 friendly win over Germany in Berlin allowed his team to put their 2014 World Cup mauling behind them.
Gabriel Jesus’ first-half goal at a sold-out Olympic Stadium on Tuesday saw Brazil end Germany’s unbeaten run of 22 games dating back to their Euro 2016 semi-final defeat by hosts France.
“It was a matter of pride, after all that has been written and said,” said Silva, who was suspended for the 7-1 rout in Belo Horizonte nearly four years ago.
“This jersey deserves a little more respect. That’s why I’m overjoyed about winning against a big opponent.”
The friendly victory gained a measure of revenge for five-time world champions Brazil, whose coach Tite had admitted are still haunted by the thrashing in the semi-finals of the last World Cup.
The 56-year-old, nicknamed ‘The Professor’, said his side had learnt the lesson and showed cool heads in chilly Berlin.
“You media has spoken a lot about this (7-1) result, the reality that it is over — we simply played well here and we won,” said Tite.
“We had no anger or hatred, you can’t play well with emotions like that.
“We weren’t trying to rebuild lost pride, we just wanted to put in a good performance.