Germany must remain humble against Portugal, says Neuer

Updated: Jun 06, 2012, 22:05 PM IST

Europe : Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has advised his team-mates not to underestimate Portugal in the first match of their Euro 2012 campaign.

Despite Joachim Low`s side being labelled as slight favourites for the Group B encounter, Neuer remains wary of the Seleccao, and warns his side that they will have to be at their best to secure all three points.

"I hope we get off to a good start, so the pressure that we impose on ourselves gets less. We want to win, but have to be modest in preparing for the game," he said at a press conference.

"A lot has changed for Germany since 2010. Back then it was not certain that I would be the number one. Now I`m glad about the responsibility I take for the team.”

"Cristiano Ronaldo? I`d say the Champions League semi-final (between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid) turned out to be a tie between us, but I suppose (Mesut) Ozil and (Sami) Khedira kept him well informed about me," grinned Neuer.

Germany will also take on the Netherlands and Denmark in Group B action.

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