By Alvise Cagnazzo For Mailonline
Published: 09:36 BST, 19 September 2019 | Updated: 09:40 BST, 19 September 2019
Luciano Moggi was the director of Juventus when Marcello Lippi was manager and guided them to their last Champions League triumph all the way back in 1996.
They beat an Ajax side boasting the likes of Edwin van der Sar, Edgar Davids and Partick Kluivert at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. After a 1-1 draw following extra time, Juventus won 4-2 on penalties.
It is a triumph that now hangs over Juventus; they have struggled to translate domestic success, where they have won the last eight consecutive Serie A titles, into continental glory.
Luciano Moggi has reflected on his time as director of Juventus in the 90s
Moggi says that then-Juve boss Marcello Lippi was Italy's equivalent of Sir Alex Ferguson
Juventus, Moggi says, were once close to signing Roy Keane on a free from United
But under the guidance of Moggi and Lippi, Juventus were unfortunate not to enjoy more success in Europe. It was Sir Alex Ferguson's treble winning Manchester United side that halted them at the semi-final stage in 1999.
'Both were great teams,' Moggi recalls. 'Excellent managers, excellent coaches and great players. The challenges between us and United were epic and Ferguson was a great coach. We had the Italian Ferguson in Lippi.'
And indeed the Italian Ferguson, as Moggi calls Marcello Lippi, nearly swooped for one of United's most