Here is his summary of the tournament after caught the likes of Chelsea, FC Bayern Munich and FC Internazionale Milano in action in a space of five days at Kallang.
|48,522 at the ICCSG opening night (Getty Images for ICC)|
MENTOR VS STUDENT ...
Beside the players who mesmerized the fans on the field, it was also a battle of wits between the the Italian coaches off the field where Chelsea FC's coach Antonio Conte found himself up against his mentor and predecessor Carlo Ancelotti on the sidelines in the opening match between the English Premier League champions and their German counterparts Bayern Munich.
In front of the 48,522 fans – the biggest turnout of the three matches played, fans of both Chelsea and Bayern made their vocal presence felt alongside with their club colours on display at the terraces.
|Thomas Müller (red) got better of Chelsea's Cesc Fàbregas (Getty Images for ICC)|
The Blues reduced the deficit to just a goal at the very late of the game when Michy Batshuayi scored in the 85th minute, after they broke the duck through Marcos Alonso moments before the interval to make it 3-2 at the end of the evening which also saw the debut of their £70million signing - Álvaro Morata in the 63rd minute.
BAYERN HIT THE INTER KERB ...
Unfortunately, the Bavarians did not maintain their consistency when they took on Italian side FC Internazionale or Inter in their second match two days later and saw them knocked out of the ICCSG on a two-nil margin with a double from Eder in the first half with assistance from Croatian Ivan Perisic, who is targeted by Manchester United according to media speculation.
The Bundesliga champions' night was further frustrated by a well-marshalled Serie A side defence commanded by their Brazilian skipper Miranda.
|Ivan Perisic in action for Inter (Getty Images for ICC)|
Stevan Jovetic's quick reaction at the first instance saw him made up for the penalty miss that was blocked earlier by Chelsea's 'keeper Thibaut Courtois and made it counted on the second attempt in the stoppage before half time to give the Italians a morale boaster.
KONDOGBIA'S OWN GOAL MARRED THE NIGHT ...
A neat finishing from Perisic following some swift counter moves increased the tally for the “I Nerazzurri” in the 53rd minute before a fluke own goal by Geoffrey Kondogbia that attracted global attention tarnished their clean sheet in the 74th minute.
|Yusof at his ICCSG work desk (reproduced with Yusof's permission)|
With the successful conclusion of this edition ICCSG, regional fans can be assured that it will open up more opportunities to see some of the biggest teams and names to grace Kallang in the next three years.
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