This fact appears to be the major reason why the competition has not produced many great games this year as the coaches and players are reserving their best for the quarter-final.
Pierre Vincent's mission, when he took over as head coach in 2008, was to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Although France have not thrilled in their victories Vincent is not concerned. He explained that what was important was that France were still in the race for the Olympics and that the team would get better.
Watching the French team in training, it becomes evident the pressure the players are under. They are so focused that if a pin was to drop when things were explained, it would be heard.
France last played in the Olympics Games in 2000 with Edwige Lawson-Wade as the only player from the 2000 team still playing for France today.