Makelele: one of the most misunderstood players ever.

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    The media popularized the term the "Makelele role" to describe a role in which a deep lying central midfielder is more defensive in nature, breaking up play and doing the dirty work. It really suggests a one dimensional type of player, a player that just sits and cleans up. Even Zidane's description of Makelele leaving Real didn't really get to the heart of just how good he was: "Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?".

    The Makelele I remembered had a keen eye for a long pass, he could navigate past 2 players in tight spaces and play killer through balls. The idea that he could only play sideways and backwards passes was ridiculous, I believe it was Perez that said that ... lol. He was very technical but it was his defensive side which was often lauded in very attacking sides.
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    It's no coincidence that his departure led to the fall of Madrid and rise of Chelsea.
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    That is an absolutely brilliant quote, can't believe I haven't heard that one before.
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    You can tell Zidane realises this, which is why he has been using Casemiro.

    Makalele was considered as a deep lying playmaker for Chelsea according to José Mourinho rather than a typical anchorman.
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    It is known as Makelele role because he's probably the best at doing this role, honestly can't think of anyone better. Yes he was good at pushing forward and finding passes, but he was as good at this as he was at the defensive duties, and his passing is not as good as say Iniesta, Pirlo etc. Even a player like Wilshire, who despite his injuries, and lack of quality is pretty much everything else, has better passing than him. Makelele is an excellent player but just as Ronaldo isn't going to be known for his assisting because although he is good at assisting, and gets a good amount of assists a season, other things overshadow it and therefore is known for it much more.
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    (Original post by bammy jastard 27)
    You can tell Zidane realises this, which is why he has been using Casemiro.
    This.

    It's a shame Benitez was sacked - because he was fielding a team he didn't believe in.
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    He's a wannabe TFM
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    Not sure what you mean, but it is generally seen that a 6 has to be good at moving the ball forward.

    That is why Schweinsteiger was supreme. That is why Gündogan in my opinion would be one of the best at this role if his career weren't injury stricken.
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    Yeah I agree, Makelele is misunderstood for a player like Mikel who probably suits the definition better (Le Saux said last season he may as well have parking sensors because he plays so deep). As a Liverpool fan I remember Sissoko being great at winning the ball back but literally not knowing what to do with the ball afterwards, and in there lies the difference between an anchorman (what Makelele is associated as) and a deep lying midfielder (what Makelele should be associated as).
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    Makelele? I had to google him. One word come to mind
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    (Original post by James.Carnell)
    The media popularized the term the "Makelele role" to describe a role in which a deep lying central midfielder is more defensive in nature, breaking up play and doing the dirty work. It really suggests a one dimensional type of player, a player that just sits and cleans up. Even Zidane's description of Makelele leaving Real didn't really get to the heart of just how good he was: "Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?".

    The Makelele I remembered had a keen eye for a long pass, he could navigate past 2 players in tight spaces and play killer through balls. The idea that he could only play sideways and backwards passes was ridiculous, I believe it was Perez that said that ... lol. He was very technical but it was his defensive side which was often lauded in very attacking sides.
    Pretty sure his accent is why so many people misunderstood him........

    I'll leave now :getmecoat:
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    A lot like Sergio Busquets I would say.
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    (Original post by inhuman)
    Not sure what you mean, but it is generally seen that a 6 has to be good at moving the ball forward.

    That is why Schweinsteiger was supreme. That is why Gündogan in my opinion would be one of the best at this role if his career weren't injury stricken.
    Schweinsteiger was at his best as a box to box player though.
 
 
 
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