Not only because two of four participating teams - Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs are two of the best supported English Premier League sides in Singapore, Juventus, who back in Singapore for the first time since 2015, were boasted by the presence of talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo and the impressive 19-year-old Matthijs de Ligt, the new signing from Ajax Amsterdam following his notable performance that won him admirers among the top clubs in Europe.
|Credit to the man in cap for started the Kallang Wave on last Saturday|
Despite that less-than-enthusiastic acknowledgement from their idols, it did not dampen the spirit of the Old Trafford faithfuls who turned out in large numbers on the first day of the tournament when they took on Italian giants Inter in front of 52,897 fans who were mostly decked in their red outfits and turned this cornerstone of the venue to a sea of red.
|Marcus Rashford met with some resistance from Inter's defence|
|Ivan Perišić tried to make his way past.|
Nontheless, it further fuelled the speculation of the 26-year-old's future with the team following his known desire to leave Manchester and with one of the suitors of former Everton striker being Inter, it was inevitable to see Inter coach Antonio Conte being asked to comment on his club's failed bid to sign Lukaku.
The match ended one-nil in favour to United with a clinical finish from 18-year-old Mason Greenwood in the 76th minute to rock the roof of the stadium.
BETTER GAME BETWEEN JUVENTUS AND SPURS
The second match between Juventus and Tottenham on the following day was a more keenly-contested affair in front of a lesser crowd of 50,443.
|Ronaldo did what he is best at - terrorizing the opponent's defence|
|Expecting more shots like this between Juve's De Ligt and Spurs' Kane on international level|
The match also saw crowd favourite Ronaldo scored in the 60th minute for the "Grand Old Lady" to place them on the lead before Lucas Moura drew level five minutes later to set up the dramatic ending towards the end at Kallang.
|A boy managed to grab a selfie with CR7|
When asked on his thought of the boy's invasion at the post-match press conference, the former Chelsea coach merely replied:"To me, it's not an invasion but an joyful occasion."