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The Arsenal man has highlighted the threat posed by their Group G rivals and believes the South American nations will fare well at the tournament

Germany star Lukas Podolski has admitted his side have a tough task on their hands if they are to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup in Brazil.

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

Despite reaching the semi-finals at the last two World Cups, Podolski understands Germany will need to be at their very best to avoid being a shock 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 per cent.

“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 champions Spain will be looking to become the first team to retain their title in Brazil this summer, while hosts Brazil will also be one of the pre-tournament favourites.

And Podolski accepts that if Germany make it through the group stages, the South American teams such as Brazil and Argentina will pose a huge threat to their 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 their Group G opening game in Salvador on June 16.
 

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