Cesc Fabregas believes the Premier League is much more competitive now than it was during his Arsenal days.
Fabregas made the move back to London for his second spell in the English game this summer, joining Chelsea from Barcelona in a £30 million deal after three seasons at the Nou Camp.
The 27-year-old has played an integral part in Jose Mourinho's team thus far, assisting an impressive 11 goals in just 15 appearances. Those performances helped Chelsea to the top of the Premier League table, making them the outright favourites to win their third title under Mourinho.
“I feel that for the top teams it is a bit more difficult to attack than it was before"
Despite Chelsea's strong start to the league, Fabregas believes that the Premier League has only got stronger since he left the Emirates Stadium in 2011. He did not win a title with Arsenal, failing to make an appearance in their last successful campaign in 2004, but still believes it will be tougher for Chelsea to win it now.
He told Chelsea Magazine this month: “The League has improved since I left in 2011, especially defensively and also in terms of the stability that teams try to have — the coaches and teams are more afraid to drop points now.
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“I feel that for the top teams it is a bit more difficult to attack than it was before. Spain technically is a great league and maybe it’s still a little more tactical than England but that has improved a lot here.
“That doesn’t mean in Spain it is more difficult to beat the opponent because in England — especially with the fans, passion and commitment — when we play away it is always difficult; all the teams want to attack.”
Joining Chelsea came as a shock to many Premier League fans, especially those habitating in north London. Arsene Wenger made the decision to not sign Fabregas, leading to plenty of criticism.
Several Arsenal fans booed Fabregas during the recent Premier League tie at Stamford Bridge with many expecting a similar reception when he returns to the Emirates later this season. However, Fabregas has insisted he never thought twice about making the switch to Chelsea.
“Of course when Jose Mourinho came in, it was a big chance for me,” he said. “I had a really good time at Barcelona but I wanted to feel the way I’m feeling now — someone who can really give something positive to the team and feel that I am important.