When Marcello Lippi joined Juventus and knocked Milan off their perch

Marcello Lippi, who turns 70 today, has lifted just about every trophy on offer to an Italian manager, but winning the double with Juventus in 1995 remains a truly special achievement

By Emmet Gates for The Gentleman Ultra

In any discussion about the greatest club sides of all time, someone will invariably bring up the Juventus team that made it to three Champions League finals in a row in the late-1990s. Their high point is usually considered to be the stuffy Wednesday night in Rome in May 1996 when they beat Ajax on penalties to win the Champions League. There is a great deal of logic in that thought; that team may not have won the league but they did become European champions in the spring before defeating River Plate in November to win the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo. 1996 was the year the Old Lady conquered the world.

Others look towards the 1997-98 team, mainly due to the majestic presence of Zinedine Zidane, who was beginning to show Jack Walker that he was just a tad better than Tim Sherwood. That team, which won the title but lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid, also contained a peak Alessandro Del Piero, an emerging Pippo Inzaghi and Edgar Davids, a masterful mid-season signing. However, the best – and certainly the most under-appreciated Juventus side of that era – was the double-winning team of 1994-95.

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