Moratti plans to freshen up Inter Milan

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti is set to wield the axe on his under-performing team after missing out on European football for next season.

Massimo Moratti

By FOX Sports Staff

Inter slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Lazio on Wednesday which left the Nerazzurri in eighth place and out of the running for the Europa League.

Coach Andrea Stramaccioni must have feared the worst when goalkeeper Samir Handanovic gifted Lazio the lead in the 21st minute lead, although Ricardo Alvarez equalised just 11 minutes later.

And Inter were proving to be their own worst enemy as they conceded a penalty in first-half stoppage time to hand back the lead to Lazio on Hernanes' successful conversion.

Lazio substitute Ogenyi Onazi then condemned Inter to a fifth defeat in six Serie A matches with a third goal on 74 minutes.

Lazio remain in the hunt for a top-five finish with two games in Serie A remaining while Inter now have to contemplate life without European football for the first time in 15 seasons.

Moratti, who was actually speaking just before Wednesday's setback, admits the squad need players with "character, courage and a strong work ethic" for next season.

"We did well this year up to a certain point and then various things went against us, we had a series of injuries, so it's hard to judge [Stramaccioni]," he told Sky Italia.

"We're going to strengthen the team, we'll look at how exactly but we want players with character, courage and a strong work ethic who can have a decent campaign and obtain a positive result next season.

"I've read lots of things [about foreign investors] in the last few days, some of which were over the top.

"There are a few groups interested but it's just interest at the moment and we're trying to work out what to do. Our first priority at the moment is to concentrate on the football side of things and our transfer campaign, as I think is right."

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