Antonio Conte is well informed that his job is not safe if he cannot at least maintain the standard he and his players set last season.
The Italian stormed to the Premier League title in his very first season in England, and that may have set an unofficial standard for which they would be judged by this season.
However, Conte fears he does not have enough players to effectively compete in all the competitions they would be playing in and is set to ask for more signings.
The Italian will return to England with his squad this week after suffering two losses in two games against Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, results that questioned if the Blues were ready for the new season.
Conte has identified Alex Sandro, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Renato Sanches as players he would like to add to his team. These potential arrivals could take the Blues summer spending above £200 million.
Conte is well aware of the fate of the past two Premier League winning managers who were fired the season after winning the league and wants to avoid being the third in as many seasons.