The Selecao host Argentina at the Mineirao in World Cup qualifying this week.
And after Brazil-based Argentina striker Lucas Pratto stoked the fire by claiming Brazil are afraid of Messi, Tite has insisted he cannot allow his side to focus solely on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“You can limit their impact. You can try to decrease the number of chances, but I am not telling you how I will try to do that,” Tite told reporters in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday.
“There are several players can make a difference and decide games.
“I do not agree that victory depends on a single player. At some point he may shine, but only because the collective is working well.
“On the pitch there will be [Philippe] Coutinho, [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Angel] Di Maria, Douglas Costa, Gabriel Jesus. There are many players with great technical qualities that, in an individual play, in a moment of creation, can make the big difference.”