Mönchengladbach - Following some shrewd additions to the playing squad in the summer and under the stewardship of one of the league's most astute coaches, Borussia Mönchengladbach's remarkable recent improvements have continued in 2014/15.

bundesliga.com reviews the five-time Bundesliga champions' first half of the season...

After finishing sixth and qualifying for the Europa League, Gladbach's target this season was to sustain a challenge on the domestic and European front. To that end, strength in depth was added in the form of Thorgan Hazard, Ibrahima Traore, Andre Hahn and Fabian Johnson in a bid to ensure that the squad could cope with regularly playing two games a week and ensure another top-six domestic finish.

So far, the Foals are well on course for a very successful campaign. They are in the last 32 of the Europa League and the last 16 of the DFB Cup, and occupy the final UEFA Champions League spot in the Bundesliga. An 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end against Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 11, but Lucien Favre's men gained themselves an army of admirers when they came so close to beating champions FC Bayern München on Matchday 9.

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Top facts

  • Borussia have scored eight times in the first 15 minutes of matches this season, a division high.
  • No club has conceded fewer headed goals than Mönchengladbach (one).
  • Borussia are yet to concede a goal from a corner in 2014/15.

Flop facts

  • Only Bayer 04 Leverkusen (118) have put in fewer crosses than Borussia so far this season (120).
  • No side has missed more big chances than Borussia in the campaign so far.
  • FC Schalke 04 (277) are the only side to have conceded more shots on goal than Gladbach (269).

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Martin Stranzl is the Foals' undisputed captain and leader. The veteran defender has won the most challenges in the division (73.7 per cent) and has also marshalled a back four that has conceded just 16 league goals this season (only Bayern have conceded fewer). Borussia have lost just one of the 11 matches he has started, but were defeated in three of the six that he missed, and Gladbach fans will be delighted that he has agreed a new deal with the club until June 2016.

Best quote

"I’d like to thank the Dortmund players for their kind words and apologise to everyone connected with Borussia Mönchengladbach."

- Christoph Kramer speaking after his comical own goal from 40 yards against Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 11.

Best game

Matchday 3: Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-1 FC Schalke 04

Inspired by summer signing Andre Hahn and striking duo Max Kruse and Raffael, the Foals produced 90 minutes of awesome attacking football to tear Schalke apart at the Borussia Park and secure their first win of the season.

Still going strong on three fronts, Gladbach's remit is to ensure, at the very least, qualification for the Europa League again and enjoy an extended run in one of the cup competitions. Sevilla FC in the Europa league last 32 will be a stern test, but Kickers Offenbach in the DFB Cup is a more manageable hurdle. "Lucien Favre and I are convinced by the quality of this squad," believes sporting director Max Eberl, despite Kramer's impending return to Leverkusen.