In patches, they were truly magnificent, in particular the manner they shut this game down before Japan had even begun to settle. A World Cup with a decent, entertaining Brazil team? Another factor, and perhaps the most important one, is mental strength, the ability to handle pressure and the mental demands of getting a result, which are always there.
He spoke about how the Brazilian people trust in the team again, after a period where they obviously questioned the players and the horrific defeat against Germany, that still haunts them.
Despite the renewed positivity the scars of the last World Cup run deep with Neymar. In Russia, they will surely want to repeat that feat.
However, they are likely to face either Germany or Mexico in the last 16, meaning their time in Russia could be ended prematurely. "He is the sort of player you would love on your team and of course I would prefer him to be here." added the Croatian.
"The mood of our fans and our country has changed".
He added: 'That was a really bad week for me.
Neymar said that the team are ready to take on any team, no matter who their opponents are in Russia.
The dynamic forward has scored 15 times in all competitions since moving to the French capital in the summer. A penny for Gareth Southgate's thoughts, perhaps, with his squad dropping like flies by the day.
Costa Rica opens the 2018 games against Serbia on June 17, followed up against Brazil on June 22 and Switzerland on June 27. Yet by then, Brazil were long out of sight.
Two "home advantages" are considered for both the home nation and teams from the host confederations. That's a fact of life.
And it's just as well they're looking good, since they've a national humiliation to avenge.
The Real Madrid goalkeeper has remained CONCACAF's best player since his heroics in Brazil. A 222 million euros move definitely delighted Neymar in the beginning, as things now are reportedly falling out.
It all starts with Neymar for Brazil. "I haven't left it to one individual". Tite took over in June 2016, and his charges promptly won nine qualifiers in a row.