"It won't be easy to repeat an amazing season like last year", he said.
"No news, no news", Conte added when questioned over the Costa situation before being asked when last season's leading scorer might return to the club.
"My only task is to be focused on the pitch". Costa has even been pictured in an Atletico Madrid shirt on his Instagram page.
With the situation uncertain, Conte was forced to repeatedly bat away questions about Costa during his most recent press conference ahead of his side's clash with Burnley.
Conte's future was also shrouded in doubt after rumoured friction over Chelsea's transfer activity.
"There are moments but we have to take risks also because we haven't got any other possibilities and we will have to cope with the young players. I'm trying, no, I'm doing my best every day".
Conte led the Blues from 10th the previous campaign to the Premier League trophy last season.
Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk have both handed in transfer requests this offseason but have yet to seal a move. "Hopefully by the time the window shuts it all comes together, and then the club moves forward". Community Shield substitutes Charly Musonda, Kyle Scott, and Jeremie Boga will be joined by two more youngsters, possibly including Fikayo Tomori who spent last season on loan at Brighton.
"We have to go to fight, try to win with these players".
"I don't think the club wanted to let Diego Costa go necessarily, because you can't get Diego Costas on every street corner".
Former England captain turned pundit Alan Shearer, meanwhile, said there was "something brewing which isn't nice" at Stamford Bridge.
"The situation is clear".
The Chelsea manager stressed that it is up to the club to recruit more players and he is confident that they are doing their best in the market.
Jeremie Boga or Charly Musonda could be handed their first ever Premier League start, or we could see Alvaro Morata shifted out wide. Tottenham is a -150 favorite to win the game outright, with Newcastle paying +400 on a win and +290 on a draw.
"When you start a new season it's very important to think of ourselves, not to see the others".
At the age of 20, Brown has had a lot of first team experience through his loan spells with Vitesse in Holland, Rotherham United and Huddersfield Town.
All of these Chelsea loanees have great potential and it will be interesting to see what role they play in influencing the Premier League title next season. "To improve this level is okay".