By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
Under Vallee, the Jaguars have made a flying start to the season and are currently third in the Great Eastern-YEO's S.League after accumulating 15 points from their opening eight games.
Even though the Frenchman is barely months into the job, he has not needed much time at all to settle in at the Queenstown Stadium given his previous experience in Singaporean football with Etoile, whom he led to the league and League Cup double back in 2010.
Nonetheless, even he must have been left scratching his head at Sunday's 2013 Singapore Cup launch after seeing his side drawn against Cambodia's Boeung Ket, although he expects them to be quality opponents.
"I don't know much about our opponents except that they are from Cambodia," he told FOX Sports. "They must be a good team because they won the [Cambodian] championship [last season].
"For me, it's a very good draw but not because I think they [Boeung Ket] are an easy side to face. It's good because teams from other countries with their own style of football will be pitted against S.League teams.
"It's very good for local football and I'm very happy to be playing foreign opponents."
Tanjong Pagar's fine form so far this season has already seen them regarded as dark horses for the league title, and a cup triumph is certainly not beyond them.
Still, Vallee does not want to get too far ahead and insists they will not be looking past their clash with Boeung Ket when the time comes.
"We always try to win something," he added. "When you play in a competition, you hope to win it.
"But the cup is a very big competition. It's very difficult so we'll have to see.
"We'll take it game by game, that's the way it is in cup competitions - game by game - and we'll see what happens.
"But we must win the first game because if you lose the first game, it's finished for you."
Tanjong Pagar are next in action on Wednesday when they visit bottom side Courts Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
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