Eighteen years ago to the day, Juventus ended the nine-year wait for a 23rd Scudetto title by recording a convincing 4-0 home win against Parma and taking an unassailable seven point lead with just two fixtures remaining.
On 21 May, a packed house gathered at the Stadio Delle Alpi to witness the Bianconeri reclaim their rightful place as Champions of Italy. With a commanding seven point advantage over nearest competitors Milan and Parma and just three games left, the stage was set. And the hosts didn’t disappoint.
Marcello Lippi’s side were looking to get over the line in a hurry as Fabrizio Ravanelli opened the scoring with just ten minutes on the clock. The celebrations then kicked off just before the interval when Didier Deschamps found the back of the net. The second period was merely academic as Gianluca Vialli got in on the act and Ravanelli also doubled his personal tally to round off a resounding 4-0 win.
Lippi’s debut season at the helm proved to extremely successful. Although his side did stumble at the final hurdle of the UEFA Cup against Parma, the additions of a Scudetto title and Coppa Italia trophy (Parma were beaten finalists) to the Bianconeri’s glittering trophy cabinet capped off an impressive first year in charge.