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  1. Iskaral Pust

    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Ominous by City today. Huddersfield look poor but City were ruthless. And Mendy actually is like a new signing.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    They barely make it into the opponent’s penalty area but still get a penalty awarded each week. I can’t wait to see how the referees maintain the obligatory gift when Utd don’t even get out of their own half.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Brighton were a shambles losing to Watford last week.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Such an open, entertaining first half but it eventually settled into a bit of a grind against a rearguard. Chelsea deserved it. Arsenal got a goal and an assist each from Mkhi and Iwobi (Iwobi’s assist was heavily deflected) without either playing very well. Arsenal created good chances in the first half, mainly from good runs in the channels. Auba offers very intelligent runs but when he pulls out wide no-one is atracking the goal in his stead. In general, neither Xhaka nor Iwobi look good enough for any PL first XI, and Ozil doesn’t do enough to merit a starting position, and Mkhi is on the bubble. That’s a lot of passengers to carry. It has to be acknowledged that Lacazette had a lot of culpability for the winning goal. Guendozi is solid rather than great but should start ahead of Xhaka. Cech’s shot-stopping looked very good today. Once they settled into their low block, they could not transition into attack at all. Perhaps Arsenal will look better against some weaker teams but it looks like they’ll rely on some goal scoring to bail out their underwhelming general play. Chelsea looked great when Arsenal were being so accommodating, and their high press looked good while they could sustain it. They are much more adventurous now in possession and territory but more vulnerable at the back. Jorginho may be a luxury player: great in possession when afforded time but goes missing out of possession. Barkley had a decent game but then Kovacic came on and immediately looked better. Barkley’s season over already? Alonso scored and assisted but was a liability in defense. Hazard offered a lot of threat. Kante’s impact is reduced, but perhaps he’ll adapt to the new position. Morata scores and gained confidence but wasn’t really a huge threat against a weak CB pair. Kepa possibly could have saved both goals with stronger wrists. Overall, it was an advantage to Chelsea to play Arsenal while they’re in disarray. For Arsenal, they added their new coach earlier than Chelsea, had very few players at the WC, and bought more upgrades to their team than Chelsea, but they look much further from being ready.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    More of a stalemate now. Arsenal in a lower block and have Torreira. Chelsea show a huge gulf in class by bringing on Hazard and Kovacic. Arsenal need to take off Ozil. Either Laca or Ramsey would be better. Chelsea have all the chances and should score eventually.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Both defenses conceding too many chances. Arsenal are so vulnerable to a pass over the top and really need to get organized: have the defensive line start to drop once the passer is not pressured. Chelsea have Alonso too wide and are allowing dangerous runs in the inside right (of Arsenal) channel. When the cut back arrives, Jorginho is not covering the penalty spot. Arsenal have had three glaring misses (Auba, Mkhi and Iwobi) from around 12 yards on cut backs with no pressure on the shot. Chelsea have a high press and better possession, so they have all the initiative. Arsenal can only play when Chelsea sit back and let them.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    What an entertaining game. 2-2 now.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Arsenal finishing is hilarious so far. Chelsea look weaker defensively with this back four and with Jorginho as the deepest MF. They have an effective high press but anything that gets past the press could be dangerous to them.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Arsenal look dire so far. A high defensive line with no pressure on passers, Mkhi an absolute passenger, no MF possession at all. I really expected more from them at the start of the season.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Good resilience by Spurs to see that out, aided by two very good strikes. Ings scored from three yards but also hit the bar from two yards, which means Richarlison has a winning goal this time. What a start a new club.
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    August '18 Reading- (Insert Clever Subtitle)

    I read Killigrew Of The Royal Navy by Jonathan Lunn, another naval historical fiction and first in a series. I would not recommend it and won’t be reading any further in the series. I decided I needed a change in genre and next read Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harrari, a non-fiction history of the development of human society. A very good read and highly recommended. No new historical facts revealed but his organization of over-arching themes and cultural progression was very interesting.
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    Careerchat III

    @S John You can definitely propose it. It’s ok to say that you like the firm, you’re excited about the role but your relocation options are limited to x, y, and z. It might work out, it might not. It would help if you offer to visit one of their key offices for a number of days each month. If the PM role includes day-to-day people management then a remote role just may not work, but lots of companies have an increasing number of experienced employers working from their home office. There’s a firm right now who wants to talk to me about a possibly interesting role but they think it would have to be based in NYC, Boston, San Francisco or Austin. Those are all fine cities but I’m very reluctant to move my family until my son finishes HS (he’s just starting 6th grade). I’ll have to see what’s possible. @SpaceForce Tywin et al. There are tons of books available on professional writing style. Read one and then find a way to practice. You just need any forum where people will read your writing and give you some feedback. Easiest way could be to ask a colleague to review all draft memos or long emails. Once you have the grammar, spelling, sentence structure, paragraph discipline, etc of basic writing, the only real challenge in business writing is clarity: are you articulating your central premise (a proposal/request/whatever) and organizing the supporting rationale? Are you doing it in a way that reflects the knowledge and familiarity of the audience? That’s pretty much it. No character development, no suspense, no worldbuilding or magic systems, no lyrical prose. OTOH, if you’re aiming for law school, then I assume that drafting briefs/motions/contracts require more specific conventions than simple business writing and you’ll need some specialized learning for that level.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Lovren has been quite injury prone. Not for very long absences but lots of short ones for muscle strains or even just illness. And Matip has been incredibly unreliable. Klavan had 53 appearances and 40 starts in the last two seasons, and was a steady back-up each time. We’re basically betting on Gomez being reliably available now and that his disruptions so far (available for a total of just over half a season out of the past three) were bad luck rather than a pattern. And Gomez has a lot more pace while lacking Klavan’s steady, experienced reliability. Best wishes to Raggy, who presumably wanted some more playing time before his career winds down. And he gets to live in Sardinia.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Burnley got an ET winner to progress to face Olympiakos. Their last tie with Aberdeen went to ET too. They'll be exhausted against Watford this Sunday. And Rangers got a 0-0 draw to progress. Celtic drop down to the EL too after getting bumped from the CL.
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    Football: 3rd Season Meltdown

    Burnley are about to kick off their second leg match against Istanbul in their EL qualifiers. It's 0-0 from the first leg. Burnley don't look full of goals at the moment but hopefully they can progress and eventually make their way to the group stage.
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