Juventus endured its worst season since 1990-1991, superstar Alessandro Del Piero on November 8, 1998, suffered a serious knee injury in the closing minutes of a 2-2 draw with Udinese; and a backlash for French World Cup hero Zinedine Zidane. After winning the World Cup with France in July last year, Zidane promptly injured a knee and injured again in November. Unlike the previous four seasons led by Marcello Lippi, Juventus' offense did not work. In December, Lippi announced his departure in June to lead Inter the following season, and in February Lippi was released by the club, with successful former Parma coach Carlo Ancelotti remaining.
With Ancelotti at the helm, Juve managed to maintain some respect by reaching the semifinals of the Champions League, and playmaker Zidane limped midway in Juventus' draw against Bologna on April 12, 1999, ending his campaign just before the return match. against eventual champion Manchester United defeated Juventus 3-2 at Delle Alpi.
The knee has been causing him problems for a month, where the final champion Manchester United has just won the Italian champion. But after that scary defeat, Juventus had to settle for the UEFA Cup the following season due to a low seventh place in the league.