Inter's new era starts in defeat

Inter Milan

The reign of new Inter owner Erick Thohir got off to a disappointing start as the Nerazzurri were beaten by Swiss side FC Chiasso in a friendly.

Indonesian investor Erick Thohir's first game as Inter majority owner ended in a 1-0 defeat against Swiss outfit FC Chiasso.

Thohir, along with two other investors, has bought a 70 percent stake in Inter and has replaced long-serving Massimo Moratti as club President.

The new man is expected to provide a sizeable sum of money for winter reinforcements at San Siro after Inter's underwhelming campaign so far, which has left them off the pace in Serie A.

But Thohir's first game at the helm didn't exactly go according to plan as Inter fell to defeat against Swiss second division side Chiasso.

The goal came from Italian Andreas Becchio after a terrible defensive mix-up from Inter, who were without their internationals.

Without their star men, the Serie A side looked bereft of ideas and creativity and struggled to make any impression on the game.

The positives for Inter were Javier Zanetti managing to play from the start and the return of Hugo Campagnaro, who had been out for the last seven games and as a result missed out on national duty for Argentina.

It was also encouraging for Inter to see Kenyan defensive midfielder McDonald Mariga in action after his long-term injury problems.

However, Walter Samuel picked up a thigh injury in the first half and Zdravko Kuzmanovic had to leave the field just minutes after with a knock to the knee.

The friendly won't be taken too seriously by Inter coach Walter Mazzarri or his new boss Thohir - what matters is next weekend's trip to Bologna. 

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