The striker feels that his side operate much better as a unit than Brazil, who have lost their star player for the remainder of the tournament after an injury on Friday
Lukas Podolski accepts that Germany do not boast a star player like Neymar but believes that their collective strength can secure a place in the World Cup final.
Joachim Low's side face the hosts in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday but the Selecao will be without their poster-boy after he broke a vertebra in Friday's win over Colombia.
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He told the press: "We feel that we don't have players like Messi or Neymar who can make a goal with one special movement but we have a strong team. Everyone sticks together and this is important.
"You are only the best team in the world when you win the World Cup. When you lose the semi-final, you are out so we have to win. We play to win.
"Of course, to play against Brazil in Brazil will be a special game. It will be a great game for the world but we have two matches to go and we want the title.
"We can be the first European team to win a World Cup in South America. It won't be easy because a lot of European teams are out, but we are here and we are strong.
"The World Cup is not a competition where the team that plays the best football wins the tournament."