Baffled by Chelsea's exchange miscues and under weight from enormous spending rivals, Antonio Conte concedes this season will be the hardest of his vocation.
Only three months back, Conte was all grins as he doused up the praise of Stamford Bridge at the peak of Chelsea's Premier League title triumph.
Be that as it may, those merry recollections have been dominated by a grieved close-season that has bothered the Chelsea director in front of Sunday's Community Shield conflict with Arsenal at Wembley.
Conte is irritated by Chelsea's failure to arrive his key exchange focuses, with Romelu Lukaku, Alex Sandro and Leonardo Bonucci all escaping the Italian.
Exacerbating the situation, Lukaku moved to title rivals Manchester United, while Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has spent over £200 million on new signings.
Include touchy transactions over his new contract and an astringent quarrel with Chelsea striker Diego Costa and it's straightforward why the previous Juventus manager rates the test ahead as the most overwhelming of his sparkling profession.
"For me it will be the most troublesome period of my vocation. I'm certain," Conte said.
"There are many reasons that propose to me next season will be extremely intense.
"I have this observation. I trust I am mixed up. In England the weight is high. This group is the most grounded on the planet.
"You have six groups prepared to battle for the title and just a single wins it. You need to battle until the end for the title, however it won't be simple."
Regardless of spending over £100 million on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger, Conte trusts his squad is horrendously shy of quality top to bottom.
Nemanja Matic and John Terry have withdrawn, Bakayoko and Eden Hazard will miss the begin of the season with wounds, and Costa is in a state of banishment while Chelsea endeavor to discover a purchaser following Conte's instant message spat with the Spain striker.
Conte's apprehension was clear when he was pushed on the exchange circumstance amid a media preparation on Friday.
While he held back before transparently scrutinizing Chelsea proprietor Roman Abramovich, he made it richly clear he expects more signings before the exchange window closes toward the finish of August.
"For beyond any doubt this inquiry is useful for the club, not for me," he said. "We need to sit tight for the best minute, the best arrangement.
"Everybody is endeavoring to carry out their employment. My employment is to work and to attempt to enhance my players, to make a character for my group.
"For the rest I can tell my assessment, however then there is the club to settle on an official choice.
"At this time we have a little squad. Everybody can see the circumstance, not on the grounds that the mentor yells 'I need this and this'.
"This is the truth. We trust later on to enhance this circumstance."
Conte concedes he is not a patient man, but rather the serious Italian demands he will concentrate on enhancing his present players while he anticipates fortifications.
"In Italy individuals know I don't have incredible persistence, yet I'm learning in England to be more patient, to find tolerance in myself," he said.
"It is a delight to work with this gathering of players. I'm certain they need to enhance and work harder than last season.
"We should be prepared for all circumstances. Regardless of whether players arrive or not, we must be aggressive and battle for the title."
Inquired as to whether the spending of Chelsea's adversaries had put him under much more weight to succeed this term, Conte stated: "The weight is dependably there. I put it on myself.
"In any case, I get a kick out of the chance to take a gander at ourselves. I would prefer not to take a gander at the others, on the off chance that they are more grounded or not.
"After just a single season we made a solid mindset in this group. I need to thank my players for this."