Fabregas explains where Premier League has improved since he left

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been talking about the changes the Premier League has made.

The Premier League is an ever-evolving division and is often regarded as the best and toughest league in the world.

With the huge advancements in tactics and technology in recent years, it's no real surprise that world-class midfielder Cesc Fabregas thinks it is stronger and tougher than ever before.

The 27-year-old has been speaking to the official Chelsea Magazine about what has changed most about the top-flight since he left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011.

He said: "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.

"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."

Is Cesc right? Are Premier League defences getting more astute?

Well we looked at the stats and they mostly support every word of what he is saying. Defences are tightening their belts, goalkeepers are getting better and strikers are having to do more than ever to get goals.

In Fabregas' last season with the Gunners, a total of 1063 goals were scored. Now back at Chelsea and 16 games into the 2014/15 season a total of 417 have been scored. With a few calculations, the projected total for the whole season will approximately be 991 goals, which is 72 fewer than were scored in Cesc's last full season.

While it is only a rough projection, if we do see anywhere around the 991 total for this season then it will be the lowest goal haul since the 2006/07 season where only 931 goals were scored.

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