So much for building from a position of strength.
Mee believes that Chelsea's new striker Alvaro Morata, who joined from Spanish champions Real Madrid last month, could pose a threat to Burnley defenders but is confident that team will come up with and stick to a solid game plan.
Morata has a tough act to follow with Conte refusing to recall last season's top goalscorer Costa, who has been banished following a bust-up last January. The Evening Standard understand director Marina Granovskaia is leading the club's transfer negotiations which includes talks regarding a move for the England midfielder, though Craig Shakespeare's side are unwilling to part with the 27-year-old for less than £30m.
"Chelsea are weaker than last season - no Diego Costa, no Matic - and I'm concerned for them".
"I hope to improve our squad and team".
Sure, newly-promoted sides have historically struggled to survive in their first season up in the Premier League, but the good news for the aforementioned trio is that Crystal Palace, Swansea City, Burnley and Watford only narrowly beat the drop last season, and they haven't really improved over the summer. It was the 2015-16 season and the team finished embarrassingly in 10th place, with coach Jose Mourinho fired before Christmas.
Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has backed Morata to do an admirable job leading the line for Chelsea, adding: "Conte will make him work exactly the way he wants".
Belgium's Michy Batshuayi is the only experienced alternative for the Italian. There were new players that were bought and everybody had to get used to the methods of their high-profile bosses.
Top four: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal.
Gary Cahill should skipper the side while the back three will be made up by David Luiz with the Brazilian worldwide once again lining-up in the middle of defence.
"It wasn't the fact they lost yesterday to Arsenal because at times I thought there was some very good football from Chelsea". Sanchez is now out with an abdominal injury, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, while Coutinho has missed training sessions this week with a reported back injury and could be unavailable against Watford on Saturday. But it's pretty telling that while all of the other big clubs in the Premier League bolstered their respective rosters over the summer that Spurs kept pretty quiet and didn't make any major additions.