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France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has so much energy that coach Didier Deschamps joked he even ran back to the team’s training camp after Friday’s match.

A few hours after the 5-2 win over Switzerland in Salvador, the French team flew some 835 miles to its base in Ribeirao Preto.

“He didn’t want to take the plane,” Deschamps said Saturday. “He’s still running now.”

Deschamps was known as a tireless midfield runner himself, but even he is impressed with the amount of ground Matuidi covers.

“Even I have trouble following him,” Deschamps said. “I see him in the 6-yard box and then, straight away, he’s already in the opponent’s 6-yard box.”

Matuidi has four goals in the past six games after not scoring in his first 18 international appearances.

“I used to tease him by saying he can’t shoot properly, but actually he scores goals,” Deschamps said. — AP

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