Conte who won the EPL title in his first season in charge of the Blues is wary of surprises this season but believes that six teams will be vying for the title this season.
Antonio Conte arrived to Stamford Bridge needing to piece together a squad in tatters, following a disastrous 10th place finish on the ladder as the defending champions in the campaign prior.
Ahead of the game, Antonio Conte has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he's given reporters a team news and injury update.
Conte said he did not want to answer questions about Costa, but tellingly conceded: "For me it's in the past".
"We have to improve a lot on this aspect because there was the rest of the game to try to do our best".
Morata came off the Chelsea bench just before the hour as the club-record signing replaced Batshuayi, although there was no sign of Diego Costa following the striker's high-profile falling-out with Conte. My only task is to be focused on the pitch. Our performances against the big teams were pretty good a year ago, barring Chelsea away. "It was a hard situation; I was leaving a team that's my home and who are winning everything at the moment".
While there has been a lot of discussion regarding how the Blues will start the season, I believe we will see a largely unchanged lineup to the XI that played in the Community Shield against Arsenal last weekend. These are the most important things for us.
Conte then praised the quality of the opposition for their opening fixture. He was good in some games, inexperienced in others. "Last season they had a good season and we have to pay great attention tomorrow", the Italian said. Tiemoue Bakayoko was probably the only new recruit who was Conte's first choice, as the same can not be said for Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger, who are clearly players with plenty of potential, but will struggle to live up to their hefty price tags.
With Willian receiving the ball on the right, the former Real Madrid striker managed to lose his marker in the box, guiding his diving header into the far corner.
He said: "It's simple".