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Podolski: Germany faces tough task to get out of group

The Arsenal forward has highlighted the threat posed by Group G rivals Portugal, Ghana and the USA.

Germany star Lukas Podolski says his side has a tough task reaching the knockout stages of the World Cup in Brazil.

Joachim Low’s team has been drawn alongside Portugal, Ghana and the United States in Group G — one of the tournament’s most difficult pools.

Despite reaching the semifinals at the last two World Cups, Podolski understands Germany will need to be at its very best to avoid being an early casualty.

“I think it's a tough draw because Portugal have Cristiano Ronaldo and other players who can create a lot of chances to score,” Podolski told Arsenal Player. “United States have a German coach (Jurgen Klinsmann), so it's a special game for him. And with Ghana, African teams always fight and keep giving 110 percent.

“It's not easy but I think we have a strong team and we want to get out of this group and play a good World Cup. We want to fight for the title.”

Current world and European champion Spain will be looking to become the first team to retain its title in Brazil this summer, while host Brazil will also be one of the pre-tournament favourites.

And Podolski accepts that if Germany makes it through the group stage, the South American teams such as Brazil and Argentina will pose a huge threat to the European side's chances of ending an 18-year title drought.

“It's not always easy because people think that Germany go to Brazil and win the title,” he said. “Everyone thinks it's done [but] you have a lot of teams who want the same — especially the South American teams, who are strong.”

Germany will play Portugal in its Group G opening game in Salvador on June 16.