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‘Football will never be the same’ – Barcelona star Messi thinks coronavirus pandemic will change the game forever

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The multiple Ballon d’Or winner spoke about the “frustration” of losing loved ones to Covid-19, and thinks the impact on soccer will be felt for years

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Lionel Messi thinks football “like life, will never be the same again” as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, as the Barcelona superstar prepares to return to the field with La Liga poised to restart.

Covid-19 has killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world and caused the banning of mass gatherings in most countries, meaning football has had to take a back seat for several weeks amid the battle against the virus.

There are plans for a return to a certain normality in the coming weeks, however, with several major football leagues in Europe having either restarted or are planning to resume their 2019-20 seasons.

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Matchday LIVE: Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Manchester City & AC Milan all in action

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GOAL: Chelsea 3-0 Norwich

22 minutes ago 

(Reece James)

Three of the best, and it’s not even half-time yet!

But Reece James’ finish might be the pick of the bunch. Jorginho edges the ball wide to Mason Mount, who slides it through for his fellow England starlet.

The wing-back latches on, brings it up to Tim Krul and casually lobs it over him, in at the far side of the net.

Pick ‘n’ mix

27 minutes ago 

Chelsea 2-0 Norwich

WATCH: Hudson-Odoi doubles Chelsea lead (UK only)

37 minutes ago 

Chelsea 2-0 Norwich

GOAL: Chelsea 2-0 Norwich

46 minutes ago 

(Callum Hudson-Odoi)

Two inside the first quarter – and Callum Hudson-Odoi has the goal he craves!

The England man has seized his chance and stuck one in the back of the net there, to take this game from tough to terrible for Norwich in the blink of an eye.

Antonio Rudiger nudges a side pass on halfway to Mateo Kovacic, the midfielder threads a glorious throughball downfield and the forward latches on to clip a low finish home.

GOAL: Chelsea 1-0 Norwich

56 minutes ago 

(Mason Mount)

What a hit from Mason Mount – but it is the assist from Jorginho that might get so many people talking.

The defender is the man who gets the ball after a Norwich clearing header steers it to the edge of the box, and he shows some outstanding control to flick it right for his team-mate.

The England man thrashes a low, sighted effort in at the opposite post and wheels away in celebration.

KO: Chelsea v Norwich

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The teams are out at Stamford Bridge, the ball is in the centre circle – and the whistle goes in our first game of the day!

Even missing their key frontmen, Chelsea are the heavy favourites. The question feels more a case of when they will score, rather than if.

On this day in history…

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Hudson-Odoi needs “250 games” for spot

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Chelsea v Norwich

Callum Hudson-Odoi will have to go on a run of 250 strong performances to prove he deserves a starting spot at Chelsea, coach Thomas Tuchel has suggested.

Well, this is the first of them then – injuries has forced the German to recall him to his starting line-up.

The 20-year-old has struggled for time under the Blues’ current boss, and will hope to impress today.

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Going underground

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Norwich v Chelsea

Today’s order of play

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We’ve got half-a-dozen Premier League clashes today, topped out by Chelsea’s encounter with relegation-battling Norwich and brought to a close by Manchester City’s trip to Brighton – plus Bayern Munich, Milan and Borussia Dortmund are all in action too.

Here’s how it shakes out:

1230: Chelsea v Norwich City
1430: Bielefeld v Dortmund
1430: Bayern v Hoffenheim
1500: Crystal Palace v Newcastle
1500: Everton v Watford
1500: Leeds v Wolves
1500: Southampton v Burnley
1730: Brighton v Man City
1945: Bologna v AC Milan

(All times BST)

🎉 ⚽️ Welcome to Goal Matchday Live! ⚽️ 🎉

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Hello and welcome, everybody, to Goal‘s live matchday coverage!

Are you sitting comfortably? Good – because we are about to begin, to put it mildly.

A blockbuster weekend is in store, and the main course might be tomorrow’s Sunday roast – but if today is a plate of sporting starters, then there is nothing to miss.

Strap yourselves in. It’s going to be a big one.

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Roma Want Rid Of Pastore, Jesus And Fazio

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Roma hope to make space in the squad and raise transfer funds by offloading three players, Calciomercato reports.

The Serie A side want to offload Javier Pastore, Juan Jesus and Federico Fazio in the near future.

Pastore, who is currently injured, has a €4.5 million salary but he is not part of the club’s plans. Jesus is on around €2.2m, but his contract expires in the summer.

Fazio, meanwhile, has seen potential moves fall apart because of his wage demands but Roma hope he will lower his expectations.

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Premier League takes decision on shutting down season amid second wave of COVID-19

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Premier League chiefs have resolved not to shut down the season, despite clubs holding secret meetings about taking a ‘coronavirus break’, the UK Mirror reports.

Some clubs have discussed a two-week temporary halt in January, as the football is in serious danger of descending into farce.

The Premier League on Tuesday, announced a record number of positive tests, with 18 detected in the week between Monday December 21 and Sunday, December 27.

But League bosses have no intention of suspending the season.

Government chiefs have also offered reassurance that there are no plans to stop top flight football or elite sport despite the rise in cases.

Manchester City’s clash at Everton on Monday night was called off, following an outbreak of the pandemic in the club’s first team bubble.

If further positive cases are confirmed, City’s game at Chelsea on Sunday will also be postponed, leading to more fixture pile-up for the Blues.

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