It was a bad start to the season for the reigning champions as Skipper Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card after a very clumsy challenge on Steven Defour.
It was the third consecutive competitive match in which the Blues have received a red card, having had Victor Moses sent off in May's FA Cup final and Pedro removed in last week's Community Shield, both games against Arsenal.
"I don't know if this season could be more hard than last season", Conte told reporters on Friday. "I think that the coach can make mistakes, the players can make mistakes, the referee [too]".
- A frustrated Antonio Conte has admitted that Chelsea do not deserve to be among the favourites for the Premier League title as things stand, despite coming into the season as reigning champions, Sports Illustrated reports.
Gary Cahill seems to have earned Conte's admiration as the manager admitted that he was the "natural choice" to become club captain.More news: Man City's Pep Guardiola: I'm not under extra pressure this season
Conte says his players showed great commitment, will and desire in the 2nd half and he is proud of that.
Conte's matchday squad selection exposed the worrying lack of depth in Chelsea's squad.
Diego Costa would also open his Premier League account on the day, by scoring the equalizer and reminding fans of what it is like to have a proper striker leading their side. You are not satisfied with my starting XI? For example, when I was with Juventus I did not score more than 20 goals.
"I admit it's a very important amount but I have the personality to play calmly and to stay on my path", he told Marca. I repeat, I don't like this type of habit to send a message, why I have to send a message? Why? Why?
In contrast, Chelsea won all but two games at Stamford Bridge, a record second only to Tottenham Hotspur.
"I'm not anxious because we have to trust in our work". Here's our player ratings for the Blues today, and we're being generous. We will find the right solution, we will find the right solution.