Dissecting the Mazacar (Part 1)

In this two part series I am going to talk about our lethal weapon the Mazacar. Part 1 I am going to talk about the Pros and Cons of it and how it is an integral part of our play, Part 2 will be how we can adapt it and improve it.

The Cons
Lets start with the cons and get the upsetting stuff out the way.

1. Defending
At the beginning of the Mazacar it was lethal attacking but it wasn’t that great for defence as none of the trio wanted to track back and help defend leaving our Full backs exposed to 2 on 1 situations. This made our flanks become over run and hard to defend, this is an area that was exploited a lot and we let in a lot of goals and gave away crucial leads and winning positions

2. Opposition countering this tactic
With us using the Mazacar every game it became easy for the opposition to learn and find ways to counter this tactic of ours. The main ways of countering this tactic was Wing play, a lot of team exploited our wings as none of the trio tracked back and United untalised this when they won at the Bridge 3-2, even though we where cheated out of that game. ferguson set his team up to exploit the flanks and push us back down the wings so we could not attack as we got pressed back.

Another way is packing the centre of midfield. Juventus did this in both games we played them, I know its their formation of the 3-5-2 but they utilised this formation to the max by winning the ball in the centre, then using their fast attacking wingers pushed the ball out wide for a cross to come in. This caused us a lot of problems and we could not deal with this tactic as it was a fast moving counter attack.

These two counter techniques of the Mazacar caused us a lot of problems. Juventus are the only team I am aware of that use a formation that can utilise both counter strategies as with there 3-5-2 they can win the ball in the middle with Vidal and Marchisico and they then give the ball to Pirlo to play the ball out wide and attack. It is quite a clever method of play if you watch it in action.

3. No finish
Many times we have watched the Mazacar create a lot of chances only for them to be wasted in front of goal at the vital point this has made us lose games and precious points so we do need a clinical finisher to complete these movements by the trio.

The Pros
There are a some good pros points to the Mazacar as well though.

Attacking Play
Some of the attacking play they do are sometimes awe inspiring and so slick and fast moving, they play like they having been playing together for a long time but in theory its only been 7months but have clicked together so well. When they pass and play together its fluid, fast and opens space in the opposition defence as they are continuosly moving around a passing the ball. With this style of play they open space and that opens up oppertunities to score goals and we haev scored a lot of goals through this style of play. It is enjoyable to watch and the flicks and tricks are just an added bonus.

Used as a Defense?
I know this may sound silly and stupid but we could use the Mazacar as a defence by using the passing play it deploys as a way to keep the ball, like Barca use their passing play to keep hold of the ball and do not have to defend as much because of this.

Being an Integral part of the team
The Mazacar has been the definition of our Chelsea team this season bringing in a new style of play that we are trying to achieve that presses teams high up the pitch, stretching their defence and with stretching that defence it opens gaps for us to penertrate and attack. This is our iconnic part of the team now and all the players in the team are adjusting to play in this style of football, players we bring in should only be players who will be able to adapt well to the system and bring in our young players out on loan ie: Piazon, De Bruyne, Thorgan Hazard then have Lukaku come in for the clinical finishing we are missing (and a bit of bulk upfront as well)

In the second part to this article I will talk about ways to improve the Mazacar, of players to bring in and players we have already that can add to this trio.

Who do you think would be a good addition to Mazacar?

As always leave commments with feedback and areas for me to talk about.

  1. One who bleeds blue says

    in all honesty we dont need anyone except one player. weve got de bryune and marin.in all honesty, i dont like moses. hes too selfish and needs to learn a lot. for me piazon would fare much better than him. i also like ox chamberlain but i doubt such a tranfer can or will take place.

    now oscar hazard and mata with de bryune marin and piazon in rotation. nothing better for me.

  2. brynknight says

    There are plenty of players who would be useful additions to Mazacar, and IMO we will need another AM in the summer. Marin will probably go, Piazon will be loaned, KDB will come in. Similar situation to what we have now, but at the moment we really miss Mata and Hazard when one or both of them aren’t playing. We need someone who can rotate smoothly in and out of the attacking band without any significant drop in quality. Here’s a quick list of candidates that I’d like to see:
    – Mario Gotze
    – Gareth Bale
    – Neymar
    – Isco
    – James Rodriguez
    – Iker Muniain
    – Christian Eriksen
    – Thomas Muller
    – Toni Kroos
    – Lucas Moura
    – Thiago Alcantara
    – Julian Draxler
    – Erik Lamela
    Some of these players (Gotze, Bale, Neymar, Moura) would be very expensive and difficult to get but several of them (Isco, Draxler, Eriksen, Lamela) may well be available at reasonable prices in the summer. An ideal world would be Marin out, Isco/Gotze/Moura in and Torres out, Neymar/Bale in.

  3. Sammy chelsea mwaura says

    A nice article… Mazacar is great with ba and boni or falcao.
    Next article:
    compare n contrast hazard and carzola

    1. alexcfc8 says


  4. anon says

    I think we need one more player to allow full rotation of the three behind the striker, that person for me is Isco.

    Our preferred 3 AMs is


    now compare the three rotated (current squad)

    De Bruyne-Piazon-Moses/Marin

    Most if not all these guys prefer to play as a winger. So with the addition of Isco as a CAM, we have


    which if we want to challenge for the title next season is what we need (not to mention a better strikerforce).

    Another benefit of getting Isco is that he is a player similar to Mata and like against the saints (Oscar started and Hazard came on) we didn’t perform when he wasn’t there. Isco would take away our dependence on Mata. And that’s a major benefit.

  5. Anonymous says

    In summer, I’d like to see isco as am(backup for mata) & falcao as striker(hopefully torres will be offloaded & lukaku will be called back), wanyama as dm(adding muscle) & shaw as lb(understudy of cole)- if we can do it within 80-85m, then it’d be a great business.

    1. anon says

      I Agree with you 90% being honest about our squad. Just disagree with your choice of DM mine would be Marco Verratti who his amazing and only 20 (going by games I watched of him not YouTube)!!!

      1. alexcfc8 says

        Rumoured to cost around about 40million

  6. di caio says

    lukaku and wilfried bony will imrove MAZACAR as wel as mceachran and chaloba UP DE BLUES

  7. brynknight says

    Here’s an incredible Mazacar stat: Between them, Mata, Hazard and Oscar have a total of 100 goals and assists for Chelsea this season. This is their first season together, there’s no stability at the club, and there’s another 14 games left this season. 39 goals and 61 assists in total, excluding friendlies.

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