53 matches, 38 wins, one La Liga title, 100 points and adiós
Tito Vilanova delivered the league title and Barcelona's best ever points total last season - despite missing six games through illness.
Tito Vilanova leaves Barcelona after taking charge of 53 official games (38 wins, eight draws and seven defeats). Under his management, ‘Los Azulgrana’ reached 100 points in La Liga last season – a feat never before achieved by the Catalan club, and one that equalled the record set by José Mourinho’s Real Madrid the previous year.
Vilanova was brought to Barça by Pep Guardiola, becoming the former coach’s right-hand man during the current Bayern Munich boss’s four-year tenure at the Camp Nou. In Guardiola’s final season at the Catalan club, Tito was diagnosed with a tumour in his parotid gland, and underwent an emergency operation on 22 November 2011. Weeks later, he returned to his role as assistant coach.
Having succeeded Pep as coach, Tito suffered a relapse a year later and was forced to have surgery at the Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona. He flew to New York for treatment, returning to the Barça bench in March 2013.
As a player, the 44-year-old came through the youth ranks at Barcelona, but failed to make the step up to the first team. He went on to play for Figueres, Celta, Badajoz, Mallorca, Lleida, Elche and Gramenet before retiring in 2001.
Guardiola, a team-mate of Vilanova’s during his time at La Masía, appointed him as his number two at Barcelona B in 2007. The following year, the pair then took over first-team duties following the departure of Frank Rijkaard as Barça coach.