What is the Makélélé Role | Tifo Football Encyclopedia

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    Claude Makélélé arrived at Chelsea in 2003 after three successful seasons at Real Madrid. In his time at the west London club he came to define a position and approach to playing it with such success that his name has become synonymous with the function.
    The Makélélé role is, in effect, the deepest lying midfielder of a midfield three in a 4-3-3, or the base of a midfield diamond. While it has largely defensive connotations, the role does in fact serve an attacking purpose as well.
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  • Dubem Udemezue
    Dubem Udemezue Month ago

    Could you do a video like this for Patrick Vieira.

  • George wemel
    George wemel 2 months ago

    - letter é : exists
    -Makélélé : yes

  • S M Ball
    S M Ball 3 months ago

    You have to pay homage to this legend

  • Amogh Kawathekar
    Amogh Kawathekar 3 months ago

    Should be renamed as the Busquets role, he's much better at it than Makelele himself

  • dentist behind the Cam
    dentist behind the Cam 3 months ago

    how about N golo Kante

  • Emmanuel Ofori-Kuragu
    Emmanuel Ofori-Kuragu 3 months ago

    This is why I've never considered Kanté to be anywhere near Makelélé's level. Kanté can beat the press sometimes but his passing is way below par. He would be overworked in a typical 4-3-3 where he's at the base of the midfield and that's why Sarri and now Lampard play him in a more advanced role (Sarri probably wanted to replicate Allan). I personally think he's much better in a midfield 2 e.g. the 4-4-2 at Leicester with Drinkwater or the 3-4-3 at Chelsea with Matic.

  • Benjamin Tanuwira
    Benjamin Tanuwira 3 months ago

    How I wish I could go back to 2003

  • Scott
    Scott 3 months ago

    I thought the Makelele role was when Europeans finally discovered the Redondo role.

  • Jash Doshi
    Jash Doshi 3 months ago

    Hey so how do you make these videos? I have always been interested in the tactical part of the game and I want to try to make videos on the basis of my analysis. Any help to get me started would be really appreciated.
    Love your content though. I would love to get in touch to see if you have anything for me

  • Notek OFFICIAL
    Notek OFFICIAL 3 months ago

    When and If you have a team make me your Regista

  • Kwin9
    Kwin9 3 months ago

    For me this roll was always part of a 4-4-2 diamond, not 4-3-3

  • Kwin9
    Kwin9 3 months ago

    My favourite footballer next to Ronaldinho. Pure art.

  • pliv1
    pliv1 3 months ago

    Makele was a good player but to say he made that role is wrong. Desailly and rijkaard were previous great players who played that role and they were in my opinion better than him at it.

  • purapura baik
    purapura baik 3 months ago

    Graphic content is good with some real video highlights, without it just like so so.
    Just some insight tho

  • farrukh shahzad
    farrukh shahzad 3 months ago

    When makele left real you could see the difference performance of Real Madrid. After his departure to Chelsea Real Madrid having biggest stars in the galaxy could not do anything significant in champions league. But his arrival changed primeur league and they started qualifying and eventually they started winning UEFA. Chelsea would have won the champions league but who can forget Chelsea Barcelona match where Ronaldinho scored with his famous toe poke which beat peter chezk no1 goalie at that time

  • Quacoo Boateng
    Quacoo Boateng 3 months ago +1

    So the Makelele Role is a DM?

  • Honey Badger
    Honey Badger 3 months ago

    Since when does "MFs" stand for midfielders?)

    NKOSI SIBIYA 3 months ago

    Please do a video on why the England golden generation squad of David Beckham, Paul Scoles, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick & Mikel Owen Failed to win even one cup

  • Joaquín Joaquín
    Joaquín Joaquín 3 months ago

    Basicamente es el rol de cagar a patadas a riquelme e igual perder 2 a 1

  • De Code
    De Code 3 months ago

    Makelele was one of my favourite players & his role/position was my favourite.
    Reading passing, the flow of the game. Interrupting or linking up felt like you were trying read the future or probability of things.

  • Sadat Chy
    Sadat Chy 3 months ago

    In This era Casemiro is the perfect example of this role

    04 FOREVER INVINCIBLE 3 months ago


  • Ricky Rick
    Ricky Rick 3 months ago

    makelele did it first busquets does it better

  • Doctorsnot 18
    Doctorsnot 18 3 months ago

    I love your content guys! Keep it up, my knowledge of football has grown exponentially from your videos :)

  • Kwabena
    Kwabena 3 months ago

    Thought the late Ray Wilkins said that is now the essien role

  • Tristan Renee
    Tristan Renee 3 months ago

    I wonder who can play the "Makélélé" role nowadays

  • Yusuf Gus
    Yusuf Gus 3 months ago

    Do a video about gatusso

  • eldiego68
    eldiego68 3 months ago

    Makelele is still looking for Riquelme

  • Excelsior32
    Excelsior32 3 months ago

    Something that Chelsea fans like to undeservedly wank off over?

  • 8 8
    8 8 3 months ago +2

    France 2006 was legendary. Makelele, zidane, henry etc

  • Gary Brown
    Gary Brown 3 months ago

    This video is one load of rubbish. You’ve just tried to explain to us that a midfield 3 is better than a midfield 4. You totally ignored the midfield 4’s RM in the video. There are kids watching this trying to learn fgs wise up. 🤦🏻‍♂️

    • Tifo Football
      Tifo Football  3 months ago

      Ok mate. You have a good day

    • Gary Brown
      Gary Brown 3 months ago

      Anything to make a new video I guess 🤷🏻‍♂️ chronic.

    • Tifo Football
      Tifo Football  3 months ago

      Full backs...That’s what occupies the wide midfielders. It’s pretty clear, surely

  • Max Aggropop
    Max Aggropop 3 months ago

    reading the title i thought this was going to be about whatever "technical counseling guru" his role now is at chelsea XD

  • Milan jotva
    Milan jotva 3 months ago +1

    If mekeleke role means stopping the opposition and beginning an attack from deep,than what is the difference between mekeleke and jorginho role in sarri's system!?,please explain it!

  • Cotioras Silviu
    Cotioras Silviu 3 months ago

    Kante-master of the ,,Malelele role"!😏

  • brandon
    brandon 3 months ago

    Kante is very different to Makelele. Kante doesn't play as a lone 6 like Makelele, he doesn't have the technical ability to build the play out from the back. He has always been paired with another midfielders who is better at passer(Matic, Jorginho, Drinkwater) and allowed to win the ball/disrupt play(what he is the best at). Modern players like Makelele would be Casemiro or Fernandinho.

  • Norce555
    Norce555 3 months ago

    Anyone who mentions Kante here either doesn't watch him play or doesn't understand the Makelele role.

    Kante's strength lies in his speed and ability to retain the ball, but his positional awareness has never been his strong suit. That's why he has rarely been played as the last midfielder before the defense, since that role requires him to stop attacks BEFORE they happen. Kante's best role is that of a defensive-minded box-to-box player. Basically, playing slightly higher up where he is free to roam. Putting him in the Makelele role would waste his speed, worsen the attacking prowess of the team as well as weakening them defensively, as Kante wouldn't be able to catch up to attacking players from that far back if he found himself in just a slightly off position, which he does a lot.

    And before anyone says "But that's where he's always played before", no. He played as a b2b midfielder alongside Drinkwater in the title-winning Leicester side. Then when he moved to Chelsea, Conte initially put him in the DM/Makelele role, but after a shaky start with several losses, he changed to the 5-2-3 system (or 3-4-3 depending on how you look at the wingbacks) that later ended up winning them the season. This had Kante again playing b2b in a two-man midfield alongside Matic, and occasionally Fabregas. Absolutely not the Makelele role, as this video says, that would leave the other cente-mid completely alone. Since then, Kante has always played as a b2b for Chelsea, but with increasingly offensive duties. What people are really asking for is for Kante to simply become more defensively focused like the good old days again, but he has NEVER played his best football in the Makelele-role.
    However, that's not to say Kante doesn't do well as a DM. That's the way he played for France when they won the World Cup. But it's definitely not how you get the best out of him.

  • leonel1717
    leonel1717 3 months ago

    Do Redondo next!!!!!!!!
    You kiiinnnntttsssss

  • João Farias
    João Farias 3 months ago +4

    An analysis of France '06, with Makelele and Viera together, with wingers like Ribery and Henry, would be nice.

  • Majacks Lelo
    Majacks Lelo 3 months ago

    Excellent vid👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿😎

  • Mariano Clerici
    Mariano Clerici 3 months ago

    I find it very funny that it's known as the "Makélélé role" in England, when it had existed for ages already. Makélélé is only the first great example of it that was seen in England. Defensive midfielders of similar characteristics were common in places like Spain, Italy, Brazil or Argentina, while in England the 4-4-2 was king, and they played with two box to box midfielders.

    • Mariano Clerici
      Mariano Clerici 3 months ago


    • Samuel Yee
      Samuel Yee 3 months ago

      Claude became a vital player in Mourinho's 433 as Mourinho arrived to Stamford Bridge in summer 2004

  • bagus notoagung
    bagus notoagung 3 months ago

    How about Cazorla? The best space maker arguably. Would love to see your video about him.

  • Mark W
    Mark W 3 months ago

    Claude was the most important footballer in the game's recent history.

  • Joe Magill
    Joe Magill 3 months ago +7

    'The Makelele Role' is little more than a display of how immature English football discourse was (and in many cases still is).

  • Nguyen Phuc Hoang Anh
    Nguyen Phuc Hoang Anh 3 months ago

    Can sergio busquet do the makelele role ?

  • Patalo
    Patalo 3 months ago +1

    "Brésil ou pas... M'en bat les couille" Claude Makélélé

  • 47refugee
    47refugee 3 months ago

    All these formations are nonsense . Has absolutely nothing to do with the game once the whistle is blown .

  • Richie Kkg
    Richie Kkg 3 months ago

    It's a position for this player that is so good and they decided to name it for him

  • Shea Davis
    Shea Davis 3 months ago

    Your thumbnail is offensive...

  • Mohamad 177
    Mohamad 177 3 months ago +6

    The exact reason we should never sell players like Casemiro or him. They might be low profile players and not show too many skills or entertain you, but they are the ones that make a team of stars complete.
    Unsung heros of football, thanks to Zidane for believing in Casemiro

  • H
    H 3 months ago +4

    They say to this day he's still looking for Riquelme, that was part of the role too?

  • Abdullah Obada
    Abdullah Obada 3 months ago

    Chelseaaaaa ❤️❤️❤️

  • Ghulam Afzal
    Ghulam Afzal 3 months ago

    What's fascinating about this is how mobile and fluid Jose's tactics were at Chelsea. I can see why Julian Nagelsmann is called 'Baby Mourinho' as he is using the exact same system for Leipzig but also involving an aggressive press. Leipzig also transition in midfield with an anchor and play between the lines. Mark my words give him time at Spurs and they'll be back to playing beautiful football

  • Azariah Carty
    Azariah Carty 3 months ago

    The Jose Role

  • Samuel B
    Samuel B 3 months ago

    Makelele was a pure genius in its own style, the archetype of the 'sentinelle' and a great artisan of France great tournament in 2006, always playing smart in the shadow of the other talents around him (Zidane, Vieira, Ribéry, Henry..) It's funny that he started his career at FC Nantes (the club of my heart) playing as a winger, but not surprising that he succeeded as a central midfield, the head coach there at the time was Suaudeau (check this one out), a manager known for movement, playing in one touch, being clever, vision and vista.

    • Samuel Yee
      Samuel Yee 3 months ago

      I would like to say Claude was an actor who always be the supporting character (not antagonist) in a film while his teammates always the protagonists

  • guardian bravo
    guardian bravo 3 months ago

    As a Tottenham fan I'm not happy to hear a Chelsea player having a position likened to him but I play his position in College so I'll have to suck it up and learn

  • Matthew Allen
    Matthew Allen 3 months ago +1


  • HomoFrog
    HomoFrog 3 months ago

    The 4-3-3 is superior to the 4-4-2 yes but it isnt to 4-3-1-2. For sure 4-3-3 replaced 4-4-2 but didnt replace 4-3-1-2. 4-3-1-2 fell out of favor cause how hard it is to implement. You need smart player with good cohesion while you need the 3 at the front to be very smart how they cover the space to not let any focal points. On top of that you need the fullbacks to go forward a lot which leaves spaces behind, to cover for that you need very good 1v1 CBs.

    Why is the 4-3-1-2 superior to 4-3-3? Easy You can press high with 2 attackers and cover the space between the defense and the midfield with the number 10. That number 10 can drop back in the midfield and make it a 4v3 at that point.

    But try to find a number 10 who is at that high of a level in tight spaces, a second striker who is smart enough to not mess up with the first striker and a first striker who knows how to play with the back at the goal. while having 2 top tier defenders and fullbacks. ETC ETC... Very few teams have that much personel

  • Maty S
    Maty S 3 months ago

    Juan Roman Riquelme like this 🇦🇷

  • Hugo Reinhard
    Hugo Reinhard 3 months ago

    Casemiro is bettter but makekele is a legend

  • stamina1504 T
    stamina1504 T 3 months ago

    Top notch video as usual. I would’ve loved to see other examples or current adaptations of the role as well..

  • sunil singh
    sunil singh 3 months ago +1

    Makelele is World Cup if not ballon dor winner

  • Stephan Rose
    Stephan Rose 3 months ago

    Now we're stuck with stupid ass Jorginho since they don't play Kante in that role any more smh...

  • S RusTT
    S RusTT 3 months ago

    Ronaldinho ruined him ❤

  • Gideon van der Veer
    Gideon van der Veer 3 months ago

    The Redondo role is far more interesting ! ✌

  • Franco Fornataro
    Franco Fornataro 3 months ago +6

    The short answer should be: To get absolutely ended by Juan Román Riquelme.

    • David
      David 3 months ago


  • aqualifiedcritic
    aqualifiedcritic 3 months ago

    Question from a german viewer: Is it something specifically associated to midfielders in the premierleague/english league football system? I have never heard of the the makelele role before even I remember him playing and also having the games commentated and no commentator referring to this position/playstyle as that.

  • rayan moti
    rayan moti 3 months ago

    The busquets role at Barcelona is the same role

  • Akhmad Khairin
    Akhmad Khairin 3 months ago

    I hate corona

  • SmellsLikeBrass
    SmellsLikeBrass 3 months ago

    It's what in German is called an 'Ankersechser' (= anchoring number six) nowadays, no?

  • Andre G.
    Andre G. 3 months ago

    So the only major difference with his role and other Defensive Midfielders was that they employed a 4-3-3 with Makalele?

    • Samuel Yee
      Samuel Yee 3 months ago

      People used to mocked about Chelsea spent £16 million to sign a 30 years old Claude from los blancos.
      He made those who mocked him shut up as he was a useful player in mourinho 433

  • Mooemoney
    Mooemoney 3 months ago

    1:37 not when you have N'Golo Kante

  • john cho
    john cho 3 months ago

    basically the modern CDM/DM role in a 4-3-3. kante, casemiro, fabinho, busquets play similarly

    • john cho
      john cho 3 months ago

      @brandon he has makelele's skillset though.

    • brandon
      brandon 3 months ago

      john cho kante can’t/doesn’t play as a lone dm.

  • Sebastian Skoczen
    Sebastian Skoczen 3 months ago

    Can you cover other leagues around the world and tell us what formations and playing style they are using?

  • Bobo Isamov
    Bobo Isamov 3 months ago +1

    Thank you for your videos! I was wondering what graphic tool are you using?

  • 12nites12
    12nites12 3 months ago +4

    Letting Riquelme take you out for a dance. That's the Makélélé role.

  • Rav1ngSqu1rrel
    Rav1ngSqu1rrel 3 months ago


  • Abraham Hernandez
    Abraham Hernandez 3 months ago

    Favorite midfielder

  • Nick Jones
    Nick Jones 3 months ago

    705k subs? I swear last time I checked you hard 20k or something haha. Well done guys!

  • FanisX #7
    FanisX #7 3 months ago +20

    Love the fact Kanté who has some similarities with Claude also plays for Chelsea.. he looks like the perfect successor for Les Bleus as well..

  • Hasade O
    Hasade O 3 months ago

    Makelele was underrated by those who never saw him play before Real Madrid. I first saw him at Celts Vigo he scored against both Barca and Real in the same season. He was dynamic with and without the ball. He wasn't Ngolo Kante but the holding role must have come easier to him.

  • Alex Bro
    Alex Bro 3 months ago +1

    Tactical Profile on Nabil Fekir?

  • zz12345aaa12345zz
    zz12345aaa12345zz 3 months ago +1

    0:30 thats not 4-3-3 its 4-1-2-1-2

  • Majnik
    Majnik 3 months ago

    As someone has mentioned before, please do "the lingard role" video for April Fools

  • Football Review UK
    Football Review UK 3 months ago

    Another great video! Would have liked to have know who first used the term and when though?

  • PermanentMerka
    PermanentMerka 3 months ago

    Key to him was how athletic he was he wasnt the positional genious people made out. You want to see positional master although opposite ends of physicality spectrum watch Daley Blind the dudes fucking psychic with his reading of game. Makelle to me the more floorless though, the better player.
    Blind has no right to be a top level destructive footballer everythings inbetween his ears but will just get run past on occasion. You aint running past CM at CM.
    Keane still head the best CDM ever follwed by vierra both could easily do CDM in a modern formation but offer so much more tactically and technically

  • mike hollitscher
    mike hollitscher 3 months ago +3

    Props to Mauro Silva, Claude’s antecedent

  • Jack Huminski
    Jack Huminski 3 months ago

    The Makelele role is also referred to as the regista. The Makelele with a more defensive connotation and the regista with a more attacking connotation because of Pirlo etc. Both are attacking and defending. IMO the most important position on the field when u play a 4-3-3 with 2 advanced midfielders

  • El cabezón de art attack

    How ironic is that an originally attacking player, became one of the best defensive players ever...

  • Matthew Worthington
    Matthew Worthington 3 months ago

    Is this the role that Phillips plays at Leeds?

  • mark lloyd
    mark lloyd 3 months ago

    He was a great player, France seem to produce lots of them, England always seem short of this sort of player

  • Tihomir Aleksic
    Tihomir Aleksic 3 months ago

    Great video once again. If i may ask can you make a video about sweeper (libero) position?

  • Lorcan Rowley
    Lorcan Rowley 3 months ago

    Clair De lune

  • Depeche Robb
    Depeche Robb 3 months ago +2

    One of my all time favorite players ever...

  • Sérgio Machado
    Sérgio Machado 3 months ago

    Makelele played well behind these mfs...

  • YoungMalcolm.20
    YoungMalcolm.20 3 months ago

    So ranieri basically creates that role with Makalele in Chelsea years prior to finding the same formula but this time with Kante at Leceister

  • Haha 99
    Haha 99 3 months ago

    And barka dogs try to call it the Busquets postion

  • Aaron Penfold
    Aaron Penfold 3 months ago

    Why has makelele got another mouth on his head?

  • john stanley
    john stanley 3 months ago

    Real Madrid are idiots. Their most important player. One of best holding midfielders ever. I don't remember anyone getting the better of him.

    • Samuel Yee
      Samuel Yee 3 months ago

      The fool from los blancos was florentino perez as he drove away Del Bosque and Hierro as they had a disagreement about Perez's galactico policy.
      Perez was also let go of Makelele to raise the fund to secure Beckham's signature

  • Andre Amelo
    Andre Amelo 3 months ago +8

    2 bad these kids missed the 80's 90's and early 2k football , i miss that periode, even a random club like samdoria could be dangerous

    • Samuel Yee
      Samuel Yee 3 months ago

      @mike hollitscher barca had a poor run in 2002/03 as they let go of Rivaldo without earn a single cent

    • Axel Løvind Andersen
      Axel Løvind Andersen 3 months ago

      Someone forgot that leicester won the entire league in the 2010....

    • mike hollitscher
      mike hollitscher 3 months ago

      La Liga and Serie A was the best then. Quality up and down the table. I remember 2002-03 where Barca looked like a relegation candidate for most of the season.

    • Marius Carausu
      Marius Carausu 3 months ago


  • misomiso
    misomiso 3 months ago

    One of my favourite footballers.