Lahm: I will play on the left
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Germany captain Philipp Lahm insists there will be no special plans for dealing with the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo when they open their UEFA EURO 2012 campaign against Portugal on Saturday.

The Real Madrid forward has been picked out as the main danger in Germany's first group fixture, but Lahm says Germany know how to take care of him and will not be focusing on just one opponent.

"Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world," said the Bayern Munich full-back. "He has great pace, dribbles at you quickly, and he has a good finish with both legs and his head.

"He is a complete player and we have got to defend him as a team. You cannot go one on one against Ronaldo. Ronaldo is a sensational player so it is right to talk about him, but the team is focusing on their whole team and not just Cristiano Ronaldo."

He has great pace, dribbles at you quickly, and he has a good finish with both legs and his head.
Philipp Lahm on Cristiano Ronaldo

Lahm will be relieved of much of the responsibility of dealing with Portugal's dangerman after confirming he will be playing wide left throughout EURO 2012.

The Bayern full-back started his career on the right hand side of the defence, but was soon moved to the left after a two-year loan spell with Stuttgart. He has spent much of his time with Bayern on the left before shifting back across to the right under Jupp Heynckes last season.

Germany coach Joachim Low has now decided his captain will be restored to the position he has filled almost exclusively since gaining his first Germany cap in 2004.

"It has been decided that I will play left," said Lahm during a press conference at Germany's base in Gdansk. "I have discussed it with the coach and he sees me better on the left."