5 Things We Learned from Premier League Weekend
After 11 rounds of play in the English Premier League, Manchester City are still sitting pretty atop the table with 10 wins and just one draw. Manchester United aren't too far behind, but the real surprise is Newcastle United at No. 3.
Arsenal have pulled themselves back into the mix for a top-four spot with 19 points, just three behind fourth-ranked Chelsea. However, they have both Tottenham and Liverpool in their way.
With yet another international break coming up, let's revisit Week 11 in the Premier League.
And the Most Frustrating Team in the EPL Is...
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... Liverpool. Obviously.
Liverpool have 19 points from 11 games and are in sixth place, so if you think back to where the Reds were last year, they've made huge leaps.
But if you're looking at the money new owners John Henry and Fenway Sports Group have put into the club since January and the players Liverpool have, you've got to be scratching your head as to how the Reds were held to a goal-less draw at Anfield by newly promoted Swansea City Saturday.
Manager Kenny Dalglish said his side were downright poor, and they clearly need to improve. It could just be poor luck, as Liverpool have hit the woodwork 10 times in the Premier League this season, the most of any club.
Even so, a club with the likes of Luis Suarez, Charlie Adam, Dirk Kuyt, Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll and more players who are key fixtures in their national sides should perform much better.
How Long Can Steve Kean Handle the Pressure?
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Blackburn fans do not want Steve Kean as their manager, and they've made that rather clear for many months now.
Blackburn sit in 19th place in the table with just one win in their first 11 matches and a minus-11 goal difference. On Saturday, fans were banned from bringing banners into the stands, so they used a plane to get the message across.
Blackburn have looked pretty awful most of the season (honestly, Arsenal, how did you lose to them?), but that wasn't the case Saturday when they hosted Chelsea.
Rovers held their own for much of the game and were unlucky not to at least get a point out of the match, but that will only spur the fans on in their determination to see Kean ousted.
At this point, it doesn't look like there's much Kean will be able to do to win the fans over, and the owners should probably put him out of his misery—unless the owners fork over some serious cash in January, and Kean somehow convinces Lionel Messi to come to Ewood Park.
That could buy him some extra months.
Mediocre Manchester United Celebrate 25 Years of Sir Alex
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Manchester United celebrated 25 years of downright dominance under Sir Alex Ferguson Saturday at home to Sunderland, and somewhat appropriately, it was a mediocre United side that eked out the win.
Manchester United have not always been the best team under Sir Alex, but they've gotten wins when they've needed them instead of settling for draws—like real champions do.
On Saturday, it was an own goal from former Red Devil Wes Brown that gave United the 1-0 win over Fergie's No. 1 groupie Steve Bruce.
United are five points behind their noisy neighbors Manchester City and in second place, but they've been rather underwhelming so far this season. There have been plenty of times under Sir Alex when they have won despite not being the better side, so there's certainly no counting out United yet.
After 25 years, can Sir Alex continue to work his magic, or will United's time finally (dear Lord, please let this be it) run out?
Would David Beckham Be Able to Play in This Premier League?
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The lucrative contract that David Beckham signed with MLS side LA Galaxy in 2007 runs out after this season, and the former Manchester United star and England captain has said he'd like to return to the Premier League, despite interest from Paris St.-Germain.
Tottenham seem to be leading the pack after Becks spent parts of last offseason with the London club, but Queens Park Rangers were also rumored to be interested.
Spurs wouldn't give Beckham regular football like QPR could, but apparently, Beckham's ambitions are greater than QPR's.
At 36 years old and after eight years away, could Beckham still play in the Premier League? Would it hurt his legacy (more) to return when he's clearly not the player he once was?
The EPL really isn't the place for Beckham anymore. No team is looking for a 36-year-old former superstar, and this may be a lot to ask, but perhaps Beckham would like to, I don't know, take a few months off?
Score Really Doesn't Tell the Story
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Tottenham were 3-1 winners away to Fulham Sunday, but if you were watching, you wouldn't quite believe that score.
Spurs were up 2-0 at halftime, and they had just two shots on target. Fulham completely dominated the second half but somehow only got one goal out of it thanks to some fantastic goalkeeping from the ageless Brad Friedel.
Luka Modric, who has been mediocre since his summer transfer saga, was pretty much invisible at Fulham except for giving away a stupid foul here and there.
Then, right at the death, Modric and Friedel switched roles when the keeper bobbled the ball right on the goal line, but Modric was there to keep it from going into the net and giving Fulham a deserved equaliser.
Minutes later, Jermaine Defoe, in basically his first kick of the game after being brought on in the 66th minute, scored a cruel goal to secure the three points for Tottenham.
Fulham had 31 shots and 13 on target to just nine and five for Tottenham. Fulham also had 11 corners to Tottenham's one.
Looking at the stats or even watching the game, it's hard to believe Tottenham won, but the summer signing of the 40-year-old Friedel is looking better and better by the day.