They have improved because they have kept the same squad as last season.
Having won the English title while absent from European football last season, Conte knows the demands on his squad will be much greater this term. He will fill the void left by Diego Costa who was told by Conte that he no longer had a place at Chelsea after a row at the start of 2017.
For the record, Conte signed an improved contract with the Pensioners just a few weeks ago in the off-season.
Chelsea looked exhausted and lacked creativity on the pitch.
Hazard is now sidelined while he recovers from ankle surgery and the Belgian, who was injured on global duty at the end of last season, will miss the start of Chelsea's Premier League title defence.
When Chelsea faces Arsenal in the Community Shield today, the victor may be which team can best put a horrid offseason behind them. "It was the body language the anxious me, from Conte all the way down", he added. "For us, it is just a good opportunity to repeat the performance from the FA Cup final".
"We don't have a lot of space to make mistakes".
Chelsea will begin their title defence by hosting Burnley at Stamford Bridge on August 12.
"The decision on Diego was made back in January".
Chris Sutton admits he wouldn't be surprised if Antonio Conte quit Chelsea over their summer transfer activity. With Rüdiger in the side, the Italian could push César Azpilicueta to wing-back strengthen in that key position for his 3-4-3 formation. I didn't see also the yellow card for Willian.
Conte added: "If a player shows you during a training session to be one of the best, you pick him to shoot the penalty".
The Arsenal contest, which Hazard [broken ankle] and Bakayoko [knee] will miss, is a chance to start well.