Bayern wrap up fastest Bundesliga title triumph
By Karolos Grohmann
(Reuters) - 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.
"First of all the praise belongs to the coach and the team," Bayern sports director Matthias Sammer told reporters as Guardiola celebrated with his players on the pitch.
"After the success of last season we continued to be very focused and we managed to win the league even earlier than last year. We have a concentration and a momentum right now which is unusual." Continued...