Bruno Alves: Portugal not inferior to Germany

The 30-year-old center back insists his side has every chance of beating the favorite in their Group B opener on Saturday.
Portugal defender Bruno Alves believes the Seleccao have enough talent at their disposal to beat Germany on Saturday.

Paulo Bento's men go into their opening match of Euro 2012 as slight underdogs, but Alves insists that they are ready to spring a surprise over the Mannschaft.

"People may criticize us and say they [Germany] are better, but we'll be waiting for Saturday to draw our own conclusions," Alves affirmed to gathered reporters at a press conference. "The fact that they say that our defense is weak does not concern us. We have top players in all areas, so whoever gets the nod to play will do well and give their best.

"When we win, we are not the best in the world, and when we lose we are not the worst. We have been working hard to fix our mistakes and improve, so I believe we can do well on Saturday."

Portugal has been drawn in Group B and will face Denmark and Netherlands after the game with Germany.

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