Cristiano Ronaldo is sure to break his scoring duck Sunday against Sassuolo, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted as he backed the Portuguese star to win the Federation Internationale de Football Association world player of the year award.
Valencia will have their work cut out for them especially when they see Ronaldo coming in for a goal.
"I'm very happy, Sassuolo played well", he said to Sky Italy after the match.
"I was a little bit anxious as expectations were high", Ronaldo said.
With the goals, Ronaldo became the fifth player in history to score 400 league goals in European first divisions. That's life, I'm working well.
Unspectacular though it may have been, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's first goal delivered a palpable sense of relief around the Allianz Stadium, where the hosts had struggled to create chances against their in-form visitors.
Sassuolo pulled one back in added time via Khouma Babacar but Juve held on.
Juventus forward Douglas Costa has apologised to the club's fans after he was sent off for spitting at Federico Di Francesco on Sunday.
The Brazil worldwide risks a lengthy ban.
Juventus, who are seeking a record-extending eighth successive Serie A title, are the only team in the division still with a ideal record. It was Sassuolo's first defeat of the season.
Winless Chievo are on minus one point after having three deducted on Thursday by the Italian federation over accounting irregularities.
Madrid's all-time top goalscorer Ronaldo was crucial to the club's three consecutive Champions League wins under former coach Zinedine Zidane, although it was Bale who scored twice against Liverpool in the 3-1 triumph in May's Kiev final.
Poland global Krzysztof Piatek scored his fourth goal in three matches to give Genoa a 1-0 win over Bologna, which had midfielder Erick Pulgar sent off in stoppage time for a harsh tackle on Romulo. It's @juventusfcen 1 - @SassuoloUS 0.