After losing their opening five games of the season, Borussia Mönchengladbach are unbeaten since Andre Schubert's arrival as coach.

Fears of a potential relegation fight have quickly been dismissed, and the Foals are now ready to launch another assault on the UEFA Champions League places. highlights five reasons why Gladbach are back to their very best under Schubert, who has been named Borussia's permanent coach during the international break.

1) Consistent team selection

After the departures of Max Kruse and Christoph Kramer last summer, Lucien Favre was left with a significant rebuilding job on his hands for 2015/16. As Gladbach's difficult start to the season developed, it was clear that Favre was still wrestling with what his strongest XI was. Injuries did not help, but a whole host of players such as Thorgan Hazard, Andre Hahn, Patrick Herrmann and Lars Stindl found themselves shifted between the bench and the starting line-up, and even then having to play in a variety of positions. Once Schubert took control, the preferred line-up became more recognisable, if not entirely rigid. Gladbach's key players are now keenly aware of their role under the new boss.

2) Stindl reborn

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Though generally recognised to be a positive signing, Stindl's start at Gladbach left much to be desired. He arguably suffered more than anyone else under Favre's selection confusion in the early part of the season, playing first in defensive midfield as a direct replacement for Kramer, before being shunted to the right wing after two games. Schubert immediately put Stindl back into the number ten role he had made his own as captain of Hannover 96, and he has reaped the rewards. Stindl has struck up a brilliant understanding with striker Raffael, and now has three goals and two assists to his name.

3) Young blood

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Schubert has found the perfect blend between youth and experience. Signed on loan from Chelsea FC at the start of the season, 19-year-old Andreas Christensen has shone at the heart of the Gladbach defence, with only seven goals conceded in the last eight games he has played. Meanwhile, academy graduate Mahmoud Dahoud - also 19 - has provided the guile to complement Granit Xhaka's grit in midfield, chipping in with two goals and one assist already.

4) Disciplined defence

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Defensive solidity was a hallmark of Favre's reign at Gladbach. With injuries and the aforementioned selection problems, however, that came undone at the start of the season. With his more settled team selection, Schubert has allowed Gladbach to return to their best defensively. Organised, and always eager to build an attack quickly from the back, Gladbach have conceded only six goals in the Bundesliga under Schubert, compared to 12 in their first five games.

5) New leader

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With struggling through injury, Favre allowed the captain's armband to switch between Stranzl and the experienced Tony Jantschke for much of the early season. Schubert had other ideas, immediately promoting the young Swiss Xhaka into the role of the team's on-pitch leader. It has paid off: Despite being only 23 years old, Xhaka is a player who leads by example and gives his all until the final whistle in every game. He may have some room to grow, as his recent red card against SV Werder Bremen suggests, but when it comes to energising his team, there is no one better.