Bayern win Bundesliga in record time
Bayern Munich beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 to wrap up their title triumph on Tuesday.
MUNICH - Bayern Munich clinched the Bundesliga title in record time by beating Hertha Berlin 3-1 on Tuesday thanks to goals from Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze and Franck Ribery with seven games left in the campaign.
Last season's treble winners claimed their 23rd Bundesliga crown with a 10th straight away victory, stretching their winning streak to a staggering 19 consecutive league games and their unbeaten run to 52 league matches - all Bundesliga records.
"I am satisfied that we did it," Spanish coach Pep Guardiola, in his first season in charge, told reporters. "A game earlier or later does not matter. Congratulations to everyone at the club."
"Now we will go out to dinner and celebrate," added Guardiola, who managed to avoid the traditional on-pitch beer shower from his players. "We will enjoy the free time we have here."
The Spaniard, who won 14 out of 19 titles in four years at Barcelona, has added the Bundesliga crown to the European Super Cup and Club World Cup titles Bayern won earlier this season.
They have an unassailable 25-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who were runners-up last term, with 21 points to play for in Guardiola's first season in charge.
Among those not present in the stadium to celebrate Bayern's triumph was Uli Hoeness, the club's former player, long-time manager and president, who was found guilty of tax evasion and sentenced to prison earlier this month.
Germany coach Joachim Loew was in the stands and heaped praise on the team that provides the national side's backbone.
"To win the title that early is an amazing performance," Loew told reporters. "Pep Guardiola developed the team even further. His mark can be seen in their dominance and their possession."
Bayern's success was their 24th German league title because they were also champions once - in the 1931/32 season - before the Bundesliga was created in 1963.
Dortmund could do nothing to prevent Tuesday's celebrations in the capital after drawing 0-0 in their Ruhr valley derby at home to Schalke 04.