However, the clash of the fancied South Americans and Belgium's "Golden Generation" has given the most casual of analysts reason to feel smug that, at least, they got one thing right in their scenario plotting.
Martinez saw his side rally from the brink of elimination to snatch a last-gasp 3-2 win over Japan in the Round of 16 on Monday, booking a meeting with the five-time World Cup winners.
Although Luis put in a solid display against Mexico, Tite may be tempted to recall his preferred left back Marcelo, who missed the match with a back injury but returned to training.
While it's not been a completely confidence-inspiring run towards the knockout stage, with two laboured wins and a draw, the 2-0 victory over Mexico gave a false sense of confidence as Brazil finally put on a full display of the team's artistic virtuosity and defensive impenetrability for which fans had patiently waited. "When you are in a World Cup quarter-final facing Brazil, you don't need extra motivation".
Martinez faces a tricky decision about his lineup, with Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini pressing for starts after coming off the bench against Japan to turn the game around.
Brazil won the first World Cup of the millennium with their success in 2002, whilst Italy, Spain and Germany have won the subsequent three editions.
"Against a team like Brazil, you must attack and defend with 11 players", he added. "We are not talking about a system but understanding what we must do when we have possession".
"I don't think it will be a game with many secrets. We need to respect them because of what they have achieved".
Brazil had a couple of big chances to tie the match late in the second half, but Coutinho could not convert a good look on goal in the eighty-fourth minute, and Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois later came up with an incredible save in extra time to secure the win.
"We have worked hard over two years for this and we are as ready as we ever can be".
"Neymar, play like you always played and do not worry about comments from other countries, because many are already at home", Rivaldo wrote on his official Instagram page. There is something really special about this squad. "Neymar is one of the biggest exponents of. decisive one-versus-one situations, so we'll have to keep an eye on him and allow our players to have a bigger role in the game".
The troika of De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard sprinted forward - whenever offered a chance - creating flutters in the opposition defence.
"I think he gets underestimated in his technical ability".
The victor of the tie will face either France or Uruguay in St Petersburg on July 10.