The last week of December brought some horrific news for fans of Serie A.
The first team, led by Diego Simeone, were eliminated from the title race in the Champions League semi-finals, a defeat which left the Nerazzurri to make do without the services of two of their top scorers, Andrea Pirlo and Marco Verratti.
After the draw, Simeon and his team-mates were given a new identity with the signing of Leonardo Bonucci.
The Uruguayan winger, who has been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, scored twice as the Nerazuurs reached the quarter-finals.
The Nerazurri will be hoping Bonucci will help them lift the trophy this weekend.
Bonucci, who joined the Neras last summer from AC Milan, is a product of Milan and his versatility will be sorely missed by the Neros fans.
The 19-year-old was a key part of the side that beat Atalanta in the Europa League final last month.
He scored a brace in a 2-0 victory over Genoa, as well as setting up his team mates for a 2 and 1 victory over Udinese.
In all, Bonucci scored four goals in the tournament.
He was also one of the main factors that brought Milan to the quarter final.
However, the Italian international has had a difficult time adapting to his new surroundings.
It is no surprise that he is currently out of contract, but the news that the Milanese have decided to make him the first signing of the new year has left the club feeling as though they have lost one of their key players.
“We had to find a solution, we have been waiting for the right time, we were not ready,” Milan’s head coach, Silvio Berlusconi, told a press conference.
The Nerazzurs have struggled to find success in Serie A in recent years and the new signings will hope to take the club back to the top tier. “
Bonucci is a player that is capable of helping us and will bring to Milan the best football we can provide.”
The Nerazzurs have struggled to find success in Serie A in recent years and the new signings will hope to take the club back to the top tier.
However, with the new season just a few weeks away, it is doubtful the Neranese will be able to take it any further.