Robert Lewandowski is untouchable despite drawing another blank, Ilkay Gundogan is finding his Man City form at Barcelona… as an ex-Middlesbrough flop helps Girona keep up the pace – 10 THINGS WE LEARNED from LaLiga

Robert Lewandowski is untouchable despite drawing another blank, Ilkay Gundogan is finding his Man City form at Barcelona… as an ex-Middlesbrough flop helps Girona keep up the pace – 10 THINGS WE LEARNED from LaLiga

This was supposed to be the weekend when Diego Simeone finally won away at Barcelona, instead for the 18th time in succession he came away winless.

It’s not all good news for Barcelona with Robert Lewandowski still out of sorts and Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s back not improving.

Elsewhere Girona are still flying and were briefly top of the table at the weekend.

Sevilla are still grounded despite the recent appointment of Diego Alonso as their manager.

Here are 10 things we learned from this weekend’s La Liga action.

Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid's rotten record against Barcelona continued on Sunday

Lewandowski’s numbers are poles apart

In his first 17 games last season Lewandowski had scored 17 goals. This time it’s just eight and he has only scored two in his last seven league games.

Yesterday, he shinned one wide early on and with a first-half headed chance and appeared to clear the ball perhaps thinking he was offside.

The 35-year-old striker is still untouchable though as again Xavi changed the forwards either side of him and left him on to finish the game, goalless.

Robert Lewandowski hasn't found his second season at Barcelona as easy as last campaign

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Robert Lewandowski hasn’t found his second season at Barcelona as easy as last campaign

Xavi takes Cholo’s crown

Diego Simeone used to be king of the 1-0 victories – not anymore. Xavi has now overseen 1-0 wins for Barcelona in 23 matches since taking over, and that includes three times against Simeone.

Ter Stegen injury concerns continue

Barcelona are considering recommending surgery to Ter Stegen, according to Marca.

The German goalkeeper’s hasn’t played since the last international break and his back problem seems to be getting no better.

On the bright side for the team, stand-in Iñaki Peña’s two saves at the weekend to keep out Atletico were worthy of the man he had replaced.

Xavi is the king of 1-0 victories, having grinded out 23 of them while in the Barcelona dugout

Xavi is the king of 1-0 victories, having grinded out 23 of them while in the Barcelona dugout

Barca are reportedly considering recommending surgery for injured Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Gundogan finding City form

Xavi may have found his midfield. Ilkay Gundogan played between Frenkie de Jong and Pedri and they dominated Koke, Rodrigo de Paul and Marcos Llorente.

Gundogan is not overly fond of the holding position but with Oriol Romeu’s form some way off the level hoped for, he is the best option for the position.

Ilkay Gundogan is finding a semblance of his Man City form although he isn't overly fond of the holding role

Xavi wants Cancelo ahead of Joao Felix

All the talk was of Joao Felix after Barcelona’s win but if the club can only afford to keep one of their Portuguese loanees next summer than coach Xavi is under no illusions about who he would prefer – Joao Cancelo will arrive on a permanent deal from Manchester City and then if it’s possible to sign Joao Felix too, that deal will follow.

There's little doubt that Xavi would prefer to take Joao Cancelo over Joao Felix if he could only have one permanently

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