AC Milan - Leonardo Bonucci

A Look At Leonardo Bonucci Inexplicable Dip In Form

One of the shock transfers from last summer was that of Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan from Juventus. An astute no-nonsense centre-half, many believe Milan has made a big steal. However, few months into his career at the San Siro it looks like AC Milan had made a bad investment.

For the past six Serie A seasons, Juventus has enjoyed an absolute monopoly of the Scudetto. The Old Lady have simply been insurmountable. One player who was integral to Juve’s run of six successive Serie A titles was Leonardo Bonucci. The Italy international was the anchor man of Juventus’s famed back-three. It was, however, a shocker for many when news broke that Leonardo Bonucci had completed a £40 million move to AC Milan.

What a lot of us didn’t know was that, just like in the case between Diego Costa and Antonio Conte, Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri had had enough of his burst ups with Bonucci. The row between player and manager reached a crescendo in Juve’s 4-1 Serie A win over Palermo; it led to Bonucci being dropped in the first leg of the Old Lady’s Champions League round of 16 tie against Porto in February. Bonucci would later reveal that there had been previous of the like; although none led to being dropped for disciplinary reasons.

The player wanted to leave, Juve wanted to sell and Milan were willing to buy. The rest was done quickly; money or negotiation wouldn’t be a problem and Leonardo Bonucci became a Rossoneri.

For Milan, perhaps to everyone else, it seemed a huge steal at the time. They had plundered someone who was easily one of the best defenders in the world. It was no problem, for anyone, when Leonardo Bonucci was named club captain few days after joining the seven times Champions League winners.

Given that one of the reasons he gave for leaving Juventus was that he didn’t feel important, his new pivotal role at Milan should’ve increased Bonucci’s confidence and taken his game to heights untold, but it simply didn’t!

Bonucci was central to how Juventus played, his technique and passing ability in that three-man backline drew praises from purists. Milan sort same. Milan gaffer, Vincenzo Montella emulated Juve’s system. As opposed to the flat back-four Milan deployed last season, a back-three was installed by Montella to suit their new skipper.

Albeit, the change in formation and the responsibility of being captain has done little to motivate Leonardo Bonucci. The 30-year-old has barely put a foot right in his 12 games for Milan this season. So many unforced errors, poor passes, rash tackles, the man who was once considered among the world best has become a shaky libero who wouldn’t even be among the top 10 in Serie A

A week ago, Leonardo Bonucci was named in the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or. One week later, he can’t keep his cool longer than 25 minutes as he got sent off for a bizarre elbow of an opponent during the weekend in Milan’s 0-0 draw to Genoa.

It goes to show how poor Bonucci have become in less than a year. Perhaps he gets back to feet after serving his ban. With one win in their last five Serie A games, Milan desperately need their skipper back to his Juve form.

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