After a successful period under Marcelo Lippi, Juventus would enter a slump in 2003/04 season. The Bianconeri finished a distant third behind champions Milan and runners-up AS Roma and also suffered a meek exit in Champions League.
One of the lowest points that season was probably the 4-0 thrshing Juventus received at Rome. The match in Turin had ended 2-2 thanks to a late equalizer from Jonathan Zebina. AS Roma started strongly in front of their home fans as Olivier Dacourt opened the scoring on 13th minute. The score remained 1-0 at half-time but Juventus fans were not prepared for what was coming their way in second half.
A Francesco Totti penalty put Roma 2-0 up by 53rd minute but the real turning point came three minutes later as the mercurial Paolo Montero was sent off. A hotshot young prospect named Antonio Cassano had joined Roma from Bari and he took the 10 man Juve defence apart in second half. Two goals in the space of fifteen minutes ensured that Juve suffered one of their worst defeats in recent memory.