Roma striker Vincenzo Montella has hit out at the club’s hierarchy for failing to strengthen the squad during the summer.

“Probably this summer someone tried to sell smoke. They talked rather than doing,” suggested Montella.

“Roma hasn’t a group completely ready. Yesterday [Sunday] of the 18 players that were on the pitch, few of them had more than 10 appearances in Serie A.

“Football is the only business in which officials never pay. They never change, they are the same who make mistakes and they never pay.”

Roma’s sporting director Franco Baldini suggested that Montella did not understand the sacle of the club’s problems.

“Montella, between the many right observations he made, lost a big chance to show he understood we have a problem, as our standing suggests, which is more important than personal matters.

“I know to be responsible, but my job is to take decisions. As for the fact officials never pay for their faults, I could start saying things now and ending tomorrow.”