The past season brought many changes to Barcelona, and this summer promises to follow the same pattern. After coaching the Blaugrana for three seasons, manager Luis Enrique handed in his resignation and he is succeeded by former Athletico Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde.

Controlling a club like Barcelona can be a burden. A sub-standard 20162017 season makes it much more strenuous. Barcelona recorded their 29th Copa del Rey but had to look on as their fierce rivals Real Madrid claimed both the UEFA Champions League and La Liga trophy.

Valverde is not a stranger to the Spanish top tier, but returning to his new Catalan side will be a daunting task.

We take a look at five important areas the Barcelona new boss must work on in the 2017-18 season.

Win Trophies

Basically, Barcelona’s business in the game is to win trophies. Without a doubt, that will be one of the criteria by which the club’s hierarchy will review Valverde’s first season in charge. Winning another Copa del Rey would be healthy, but becoming La Liga champions once again will be much more significant. Ending a season without any title will no doubt jeopardise Valverde’s future in the club.

Win El Clasico

Even while going through an arduous season, winning an El Clasico will lift the heart of many Barcelona players and their supporters. The Cules enjoyed an exciting and spectacular triumph over Los Blancos in the previous season, with Lionel Messi coming to the rescue with a late winner. Setting this kind of trend will be crucial to Ernesto Valverde’s stay at the Nou Camp.

Win over the club and supporters

Valverde’s emergence will come as a shock to some and this could cause division among the fans. The Spanish tactician will need to deliver good results to prove he is capable of his new role. The 53-year-old has made clear his ability to build up a competitive team with Bilbao, but will now put his emerging into restoring Barcelona to the top of La Liga and Europe. With a different mindset than he has had before at previous clubs he has worked, Valverde will need to show that he can be relied on to move the club forward.

The new Barca coach was successful at Bilbao

Strengthen midfield and defence

Barca’s attack was top notch this last campaign, but their midfielders and defenders dampened the performance of the whole team right at the top of the line-up. Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano all let the team down with constant injuries and inconsistency in 2016-17. Valverde needs to find a lasting solution to their midfield insufficiency either in the transfer market or in the utilisation of the current crop of players.

Hold MSN together

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar form a formidable frontline. In order to keep Barcelona at the top for a long while, their remarkable form has to be maintained.

The South American trio recorded a staggering 111 goals among themselves across all competition in the previous season. With speculations going round that Messi and Neymar were considering moving out of Camp Nou this summer, holding on to these talents would be essential for the squad’s new coach. Ernesto Valverde begins a new journey as Barcelona Manager. He will be geared up, but achieving good result will be what will determine if he will stay beyond the forthcoming campaign at the club.