Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has claimed Saturday's defeat to Roma was a wake-up call for his side.

The Nerazzurri suffered their first loss of the campaign, a 3-0 reverse at the San Siro against Serie A leaders Roma. Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has claimed Saturday's defeat to Roma was a wake-up call for his side. The result dropped Inter to fourth place, seven points behind Roma, heading into the international break.

"This defeat is a lesson for us that perhaps we need to work harder," Moratti said to www.fcinternews.it. "We also need to understand that when a game becomes difficult we have to make the necessary changes to get back into it. In any case, I cannot fault my players because they fought until the end after conceding three goals in the first half. We just have to give more in the future."

The San Siro outfit were unfortunate in their match against Roma seeing that a penalty decision didn't go their way.

"You could see it was outside the box, but you don't get angry," Moratti added. "It's the start of the season, you keep thinking these are mistakes that can happen. I'm disappointed that there are three people there watching and none of them got it right. But, hey, that's how it went, you can't get worked up about it, you always hope you can come back."

The Inter president was also peppered with questions about the club's sale to Indonesian billionaire Erick Thohir, amid reports that a deal could be completed by Wednesday.

"I don't know, we'll see," said Moratti. "We'll calmly see where we are and go from there."

Inter's next match is at Torino on Oct. 20.

FOXSoccer.com's newswire services contributed to this report.