Fifa's Sepp Blatter backs Brazil's World Cup 2014 preparations

Blatter with Pele and Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says Brazil's preparations to host the 2014 World Cup are on course despite not following "exactly what they promised".

In 2007, Brazil became the only candidate to host the tournamentexternal-link after Fifa previously announced it would be held in South America.

"They will do it, but it is not so easy in Brazil," Blatter said.

Brazil's congressman and former football star Romario visits the Maracana Stadium on 10 October 2011
Construction work is continuing at the 12 stadiums that will hold World Cup games

"It is not so easy because in different cities they have not followed exactly what they have promised to do."

Brazil have been dogged by allegations that stadium developments and infrastructure improvements have fallen behind completion time targets, with Fifa secretary Jerome Valcke being criticised in March after he claimed the nation needed "a kick up the backside."

Despite the concerns, Brazil's deputy minister of sport Luis Fernandes told the BBC last month that all construction and renovation work on stadiums, airports and transport infrastructure considered "essential" is on schedule, but admitted the possibility that "non-essential" work will not be done before the opening game kicks-off in June 2014.

"So now, we have a lot of time to recuperate," Blatter added.

"It is not only the stadia, it is the hotels, the roads, airports but they are doing well."