The two teams go head to head on Monday night at the Arena Fonte Nova, with Ronaldo poised to start after recovering from the injury problems that have blighted his preparations for the tournament.
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He told reporters: "We're preparing for Portugal and not for a player.
"Cristiano Ronaldo is, of course, an exceptional player and a danger to us but we also have players of great quality. If we can find our stride then we will win the game."
The Arsenal star, who was named the best young player at World Cup 2006, could start in place of the injured Marco Reus on Monday after the Borussia Dortmund forward was ruled out of the tournament.
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The heat in Brazil has been a major talking point in the pre-competition build-up, with temperatures soaring in the country, and Podolski has urged his team-mates to be streetwise.
"We have to be smart because you cannot run up and down the pitch all game long in that heat but we are prepared and focused," he declared.