By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The 44-year-old manager, who underwent an operation on his parotid gland on Thursday, was discharged on Saturday morning and will now face six weeks of chemotherapy as he seeks to recover from a recurrence of an illness he suffered the previous year.
Nonetheless, even in the absence of Vilanova, the Blaugrana, currently under the care of stand-in coach Jordi Roura, managed to secure a crucial three points as goals from Xavi, Lionel Messi and Cristian Tello downed a hapless Valladolid side, whose solitary response came through Javi Guerra.
Before the game, the Barcelona players walked out of the pitch wearing t-shirts in support of Vilanova, and it was no different after the game, as Xavi claimed that the whole team worked hard to win the game for their manager.
"We want to dedicate the win to Tito," Xavi was quoted as saying by the official Barcelona website.
"He's not going through the best of times but now he's home, and that's great news.
"The operation went well and we worked hard to be able to dedicate this victory to him."
Xavi also reflected on the Blaugrana's fantastic run of form which sees them go into the upcoming winter break as league leaders.
"The win consolidates our spot at the top of the table," Xavi added.
"We're on a brutal run and we want to continue on this path.
"We're physically strong and when we return from the break we want to continue on form."
"We had chances to close out the match but in the end we didn't do it."
Barcelona defender Dani Alves echoed his team-mates sentiments, praising his side for their focus and hunger to win the game despite the off-field distraction of Vilanova's illness.
"Once again we stepped up to the challenge," Alves said.
"We want to dedicate this victory to our manager.
"The most important think you can do is fight for life.
"It doesn't matter who plays, the level of quality is always the same.
"Hopefully we'll be on the same form next year."
Barcelona have amassed an incredible 49 points from 17 games and they are currently a massive nine points clear ahead of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid.