The Arsenal forward says that his side will not underestimate Portugal but is convinced that their "confidence, conviction and power" will ensure victory on Monday
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Podolski is wary of Ronaldo's potential to turn the match on its head with a moment of brilliance but is confident in Germany's chances of starting their campaign with a win.
"But if we play well then I think there's no doubt that we're capable of winning the game. Our aim is to start off with a victory. That's why we flew all the way out here.
"We've developed as a team and that's exactly what we want to show at this World Cup. We'll go into the match with confidence, conviction and power and we will win it."