John Terry says Fernando Torres’ confidence was ‘shot to bits’ after his first game for Chelsea (AFP/GettyImages)

Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea made a ‘massive mistake’ with Fernando Torres at the very start of his time at Stamford Bridge, and John Terry feels the Spaniard’s confidence was ‘shot to bits’ due to the error.

Torres made the surprise £50 million move from Liverpool to Chelsea in January 2011 and his first game following his transfer, which had set a new British record, was against his former club at Stamford Bridge.

Carlo Ancelotti opted to start Torres but the Spaniard was substituted after just 66 minutes after struggling to make an impact, much to the delight of the travelling Liverpool supporters who had jeered him constantly throughout the match.

Carragher, who played against Torres during his debut for Chelsea, believes Ancelotti’s decision to play their new signing straight away in front of the Liverpool fans was a ‘massive mistake’.

‘I remember his first game was actually against Liverpool,’ Carragher said in an interview alongside John Terry for Sky Sports.

Fernando Torres struggled in his Chelsea debut as he received abuse from Liverpool fans (Getty Images)

‘It was my first game back after I dislocated my shoulder and I think Ancelotti put him straight in. I always thought it was a massive mistake putting him straight in because it was Liverpool.

‘Liverpool fans were giving him stick, Chelsea fans still not loving him, but obviously he’s a new player, they don’t know too much about him. And I just thought he should never have played in that game.

‘I know he was the big-money signing. Would that have been pressure from above on Carlo Ancelotti to play him in that game? I always thought it was a massive mistake. We won the game, he got a lot of stick and I’m sure it affected him.’

Liverpool fans made their feelings clear to Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge (Getty Images)

Terry dismissed with Carragher’s suggestion that Ancelotti would have been pressure by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to play Torres in that game against Liverpool.

But the former Chelsea captain believes Ancelotti was unable to find the right tactical balance when he played Torres in the same team as Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

‘I’m not sure it would’ve been pressure from above,’ Terry said in response to Carragher.

Carlo Ancelotti threw Fernando Torres straight in after Chelsea signed him for £50 million (AFP via Getty Images)

‘Carlo definitely wasn’t that type of manager to listen to the board if they were kind of pushing.

We kind of changed our formation, really. I think it was Didier and Fernando up front with Anelka in behind.

‘We had three unbelievable strikers and we tried to fit them in together. We had enough fire power in Didier and Anelka, whether Anelka was wide or just behind, to then bring Fernando on later in the game which would’ve been a good impact for him, I think.

‘But it seemed after that game his confidence was shot to bits, to be honest.’

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