Chelsea legend Claude Makelele will return to Stamford Bridge, his former home where he’s still very much revered till this day; but this time he’ll be coming to cheer on another team.
The Blues legend is still adored by the Stamford Bridge faithfuls’, and his former teammate Paulo Ferreira, has revealed what made him really special.
The Portuguese spoke with the official Chelsea website about the French midfield master.
“Maka was the best holding midfielder I played with,” says Ferreira. “I played with Costinha at Porto who was another fantastic player but Maka was the best. He was a fantastic person, everybody knew how great a player he was.
“Tactically he had intelligence, he was always in good positions, and although he did not look it because of his size, he was really strong as well.
“He was a player who could recover ball and he would play it short rather than with a long pass – steal and play – but he knew the position, and the respect he had from other players was unbelievable. He knew his strength and weaknesses but he did not have many weaknesses and he did not make many mistakes, and in the big games he was there.
“I had a wonderful relationship on the pitch with Maka, especially when against tough wingers. He would always come to help make it two v one. We would talk and he would say every time that winger has the ball, I will be there inside of you so don’t worry. He was a team player.
“The years we were together, I never saw him coming to the training ground upset about anything. He was always smiling and a really funny person, the sort who helped create a good dressing room, and when he had to be a bit hard with someone he was but he was constructive, and everybody respected that.”
Of course, all friendliness with Claude Makelele and Paul Clement will be put aside as Chelsea battle it out Swansea, who the Blues haven’t beaten in the last three meetings.