It was his 10th goal since being handed his global debut, and he remains the top scorer since Tite took charge of the team.
"You have to trust, you dream", he told reporters after moving joint third on Brazil's all-time scoring chart, level with Romario on 55. "His technical and creative ability is unbelievable".
It's true that Brazil's latest opponent, Austria, have consistently failed to qualify for the World Cup since 1998, and an ageing Croatia are not expected to pull off a rampaging campaign in Russian Federation 2018. "We deserved the victory, we played very well", Coutinho said.
"But I do like our manager, I like our system and we have a couple of match winners in there".
Brazil made it to the semi finals on home soil, but the lack of a genuine centre forward meant their challenge was always likely to falter, although nobody could have predicted the wheels would fall off quite so spectacularly against Germany in that infamous 7-1 defeat.
Once they touched down, tracksuited Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov was among the first to greet Salah.
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The Paris Saint-Germain star launched the flour before his strike partner Jesus cracked open an egg on Coutinho's head as he lay there helpless while his team-mates erupted with laughter.
"He still feels pain. this type of injury needs a recovery period of three weeks before going back to the field", he said.
Several nations will head to Russian Federation believing that they can win the tournament.
President Vladimir Putin, who has spent billions to put on the biggest sports event in Russian Federation since the 1980 Moscow Olympics, has exhorted the team to raise their level.
"On Friday I pick the team".
Before Thursday's kickoff, Federation Internationale de Football Association will focus on choosing the host of the 2026 World Cup between a joint bid featuring the United States, Canada and Mexico and underdogs Morocco.