UEFA President Michel Platini expressed confidence that Ukraine will be ready to host next year's European Championship, and that only ''some little problems'' remain to be sorted out.

Platini spoke Tuesday after touring four Ukrainian cities that will be hosting the tournament together with four cities in neighboring Poland in June.

He praised the ''tremendous'' progress that has been made in Ukraine's preparations, which had fallen behind schedule and raised concerns about whether the country would be ready in time.

Platini said ''there aren't any big problems anymore.'' But he added that ''there are still some little problems,'' such as finishing the roof of the stadium in Lviv.