Heart Of Football

The success of smaller teams is primarily written in their stars

Modern football is all about team ethic. But, when clubs outside the top six of the Premier League manage to own players of rare individualistic quality, the managers make exceptions.

By the time Everton line up against Crystal Palace tonight, the coaches, the doctors and the sports scientists will have collaborated on the fitness of each team's star player.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 21, 2018, with the headline 'The success of smaller teams is primarily written in their stars'. Print Edition | Subscribe