Rochdale have been declared on the same level as Multiple Italian champions Juventus following their 2-2 draw in the FA Cup, mirroring the score Spurs earned at Juve in the Champions League earlier in the week.
The claim, submitted by one local Rochdale fan, Barry McGovern, in his local while watching the game reach the final whistle, was rapidly backed up by all the other Rochdale fans around him at the time.
”There’s no denying the fact we put as many goals past them as the so-called mighty Juve.” Barry insisted later in the evening while celebrating the result with a constant flow of pints and crisps in the same local. “ It just goes to show what you can achieve with a little gumption and a whole lot of work. Why I don’t think Higuain would even get on for us.”
Rochdale equalised 3 minutes into stoppage time against a highly depleted Spurs side but that didn’t stop Barry, now eight pints in, holding forth on why Rochdale would ‘probably win Serie A’.
”The thing about these Italian sides is, they may have the fancy dan players like Buffon, Dybala and Chiellini, But you can’t beat plain old fashioned British work rate.” Declaring the Italian competition to be a ‘tinpot affair riddled with failed internationals and match fixing’, Barry found himself caught up with the attention he was receiving at the bar and veered swiftly into the kind of post Brexit nationalism he doesn’t really believe and would cause him cringe inducing embarrassment the following morning.
”I can’t think of a single Juventus player who would cut it in our first eleven, you know,” Barry earnestly lectured his wife whilst carried in the door by two member of staff from Vincenzo’s chipper next door. “And I don’t believe for one minute Massimo Allegri has what it takes to make it in League One for that matter. All the proof you could possibly ever need was up on that scoreboard there.” Barry fell asleep clutching his phone with the sky sports app open on the final score, dreaming of tomorrow’s headlines.