Gladbach - After defying the odds last season to finish in the top four, five-time Bundesliga champions Borussia Mönchengladbach have struggled to recreate the form that saw them labelled the Bundesliga's surprise package.

The departures of three influential squad members in Dante, Roman Neustädter and Marco Reus saw the Foals suffer somewhat of an identity crisis at the start of the season. However, head coach Lucien Favre looks to have steadied the ship and, though they currently sit eight points off of where they were at the halfway stage of the previous campaign, a European place is not beyond this talented, well-organised outfit.

The loss of those three key players could arguably be considered a pivotal factor in Gladbach's current campaign. However, the real turning point came on Matchday 9 when second-half goals from Alvaro Dominguez, Roel Brouwers and Juan Arango overturned a two-goal deficit on their road trip to Hannover. Since then Lucien Favre's men have lost just once, picking up 13 points from a possible 24, to give themselves some momentum going into the second half of the season.

Venezuelan international Juan Arango has always produced magical moments in the Bundesliga, but the 32-year-old has done it with such regularity this season that he's earned the nickname 'Special Juan.' The wily veteran has been in inspired form scoring five, all with his famed left-foot, setting up a further four, whilst also creating a staggering 78 chances for his teammates. So it's no wonder Favre hailed him as "one of the best left-footed players in the world."

Luuk de Jong's initial introduction into Bundesliga life may not have gone as smoothly as he was hoping. A nasty knee injury in October limited the Dutch striker to just 547 minutes of league action, but there had been flashes of what Gladbach's record-signing could bring to the table before that. With just two goals to his name at present the 22-year-old will no doubt play a key role in whether the Foals secure a European qualification spot for the second year running.

14 - Gladbach collected more points after European fixtures than any other Bundesliga side competing in the UEFA Europa League.
5 - Only FC Bayern currently boast a longer unbeaten streak than the Foals.
8 - No other Bundesliga side has seen their defenders score more often than Borussia this season.
215 - Only Dortmund have committed less fouls than Gladbach in the current campaign.

"What does Man of the Match mean? You've always got to watch all eleven players, who are out on the pitch," declared goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen talking to the club's official website after his outstanding performance in the 1-1 with FC Bayern. "[25 points] is definitely a good return. I'm proud of the team."