“I hope to win everything. I think we have a sufficiently strong team to win every game,” Vilanova told reporters ahead of his side’s opening match Sunday against Real Sociedad.

Tito Vilanova

Vilanova, who steps up having been assistant to Guardiola, will have to go some to match his mentor, who delivered 14 trophies in four years in charge -- including two Champions Leagues.

It will be “very difficult for me” to reach his lofty goals, Vilanova admitted. But “it would have been for any coach who had come in - and for Pep, had he stayed”.