His Switzerland counterpart, Vladimir Petkovic, set his side up with Granit Xhaka and Valon Behrami sitting in front of his back four and Xherdan Shaqiri operating from the right side of a three behind lone striker Haris Seferovic.
But all eyes will be on Neymar after he fractured his foot in March.
"It's practically impossible to neutralize a player like Neymar for the full 90 minutes".
Switzerland dominated the midfield for long spells against a Brazil team that had been keen to start with a win after its disastrous exit as host in 2014. "I am proud of the way my team played and against a good rival we had to be disciplined as a side".
"We had 20 shots, but a lot of them were off target, if we had more focus, we could have worked their goalkeeper more", he said.
Brazil came out guns ablazing and went ahead in the 20th minute on a tantalizing long strike by Philippe Coutinho.
"I think Switzerland have done very well in the past". We can't always control the result.
Asked about the two incidents at his post-match press conference, Tite said: "I'd like to answer another question in terms of the performance, otherwise it sounds like an excuse for the draw, but I'm not going to run away from this question".
The Swiss defenders were guilty of committing numerous cynical fouls on Brazil's star forward Neymar throughout the game.
The side are "not here to make a lovely match", he said.
The confederation said on Tuesday (NZT) "these two actions constitute. clear errors by the referee, which thus should form part of the reviewable decisions that are analysed through VAR".
Brazil hasn't lost its opening match in the World Cup since falling 3-1 to Spain in 1934.
"It was an incredible goal", Costa Rica defender Bryan Oviedo said of Kolarov's effort.
After Costa Rica midfielder David Guzman was handed a yellow card, Kolarov stepped up and curled his shot over the wall and into the net in the 56th minute. At the 2010 World Cup, Switzerland managed to beat Spain in its opener, and the Spanish went on to win the tournament.
Given the success of Switzerland's rugged approach, Neymar can expect more of the same against Costa Rica and Serbia with the pressure upped on Brazil to rediscover the form they showed in qualifying. "We practiced them on the training ground".
And Neymar was seen limping at some point during the Group E encounter, which caused fears he had another fitness issue.
"What we can do is to calm down", Lasmar said.
Most of the players who started against Switzerland only did light jogging on Monday, so Neymar's departure on Tuesday is of greater concern.