Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he had been thinking quite a bit about scoring his first goal for Juventus and was glad to finally do so on Sunday, September 15, 2018 in the victory against Sassuolo.
Ronaldo, who joined Juventus on a €100 million move from Real Madrid in July, 2018 had two goals in the 2:1 victory over Sassuolo at the Allianz Stadium, afirming coach Massimiliano Allegri’s position from a day earlier that he would finally score.
The forward scored from a yard out in the 50th minute after Sassuolo’s Gianmarco Ferrari failed to clear from a header, then doubled the lead in the 65th with a low strike into the far corner from 12 yards before Sassuolo pulled one back through Khouma Babacar in added time.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Ronaldo said:
“I really wanted to score, so I’m really happy. I had a little anxiety [over the
first goal], but this is football and the most important thing is winning.
“Of course there was a lot of attention surrounding it, but that’s life. I’m happy. I’m working hard and my teammates are really helping me adapt to this league”.
Speaking at a news conference, Allegri said he could see that Ronaldo was excited to finally get the first goal out of the way.
“He came very close in his first three games. I think he rushed a couple of chances today. It looked like he was absolutely desperate to score.
“Football has a way of evening things out and that was the story of the first goal, with the ball bouncing off the post and sitting up for him. The second goal was brilliant. I’m happy for him”.
Juventus have now won their first four Serie A games and will now turn their attention to their first Champions League group-stage game, which will be away against Valencia on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times, including each of the last three seasons with Madrid, and one of Juve’s prime reasons for signing him was so they could win the competition for the first time since 1996.
Speaking on the Champions League, Ronaldo said: “It’s the competition I love the most. I hope we get a bit of luck. We don’t have an easy group, but I can’t wait”.