The hosts were in early trouble when goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saved the shot of Gelson Martins but the ball hit Sandro and went straight into the net.
The assessment is in stark contrast with Chelsea's last game, after which Conte supposedly "ripped into" his players for the poor showing in losing to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
More generally, during its most listless moments, you can almost sense a lack of purpose in this side, the lack of a clear identity, a unifying plan, a basic idea of how this team want to play football.
Chelsea lead Roma 2-1 at half-time and in a cracking game at Stamford Bridge.
And where N'Golo Kante's tireless covering would once have plugged the necessary gaps, his injury has left Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko as the midfield pairing, a partnership that is still some way from the finished article.
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But Roma might not be so easy to put down. "We are ready, we know the Premier League is long, so we have time to come back".
"In the end I think the result was fair".
Cahill added: "I think we have to look at the amount of games we are playing as a help".
But Hornets boss Marco Silva may not turn to Troy Deeney, despite his influential display as a substitute against Arsenal last week.
They head the standings with nine points from second-placed Bayern Munich, who have six. From the point of view of performance I'm happy. I already said yesterday that Italian football has improved a lot and we saw that tonight too.
"My opinion will stay between me and him".
"It is important for us and a club for our players to speak about our work and what we do as a team".
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