Could there have been a better start to the new Vilanova era on Sunday evening? Probably not.
If anyone thought Barca had already handed over the torch to Real Madrid, they were sadly mistaken.
It was a performance full of guile, determination, creativity and entertainment that Real Sociedad simply had no answer to.
There were plenty of question marks left at the end of last season when April saw them knocked out of the Champions League as well as their faint hopes of another La Liga title faded.
And while a 5-1 home thrashing against mediocre opposition won't banish the demons overnight, there were certainly plenty of positives to come out of the game.
Here are the biggest winners and losers....