By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Joachim Low's side are one of the favourites to lift the Euro 2012 trophy and are expected to progress from Group C, also labelled as the 'Group of Death' with Holland, Portugal and Denmark in it.
Germany have been impressive in recent tournaments, finishing third in the last two World Cups and reaching the final of Euro 2008 before losing to Spain. With an influx of youth talents like Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle and Marco Reus, they are one of the strongest sides in the competition.
However, Neuer has urged his team mates to not let the tag of being tournament favourites get to their head when they face Portugal in their opening match on Sunday.
"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.
Neuer will be facing off against Portugal's star player Cristiano Ronaldo, who comes into the tournament at the back of a scintillating season where he scored 60 goals in 55 games for Real Madrid. The Bayern Munich goalkeeper is confident of getting the better of Ronaldo, having kept him out once in the Champions League semi finals.
"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," added Neuer.