International Champions Cup Singapore 2018

Football: Fans bemoan lack of main attractions at International Champions Cup

New PSG signing Gianluigi Buffon is one of few recognisable stars in the squad here for the 2018 International Champions Cup. The goalkeeper, who won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, delighted fans by posing for pictures yesterday at the JW Marriott Ho
New PSG signing Gianluigi Buffon is one of few recognisable stars in the squad here for the 2018 International Champions Cup. The goalkeeper, who won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, delighted fans by posing for pictures yesterday at the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach. The Paris club did not bring their big-name players like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to Singapore.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Paris Saint-Germain working out at Geylang Field, the Singapore national team's training ground, hours after their arrival.
Paris Saint-Germain working out at Geylang Field, the Singapore national team's training ground, hours after their arrival.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

PSG's depleted squad do their best to charm supporters but many upset at stars' absence

Their eyes were fixated on the bus that rolled up to the hotel front, scanning the 24-man Paris Saint-Germain squad as the players got off.

There were loud cheers for the Italian duo - veteran goalkeeper and new signing from Juventus Gianluigi Buffon and Azzurri midfielder Marco Veratti - who took time to pose for pictures and sign autographs for fans. But the disappointment was almost palpable due to the French champions' lack of star power in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2018, with the headline 'Fans bemoan lack of main attractions'. Print Edition | Subscribe