Berlin: Pep Guardiola secured the Bundesliga title in record time on Tuesday, then promptly praised the work of his Bayern Munich predecessor Jupp Heynckes, whose record the Spaniard broke.
The Bavarian giants broke their own record for the earliest confirmed league title win, set last April under Heynckes en route to the treble of European, league and cup titles, by one match.
“We won the title with hard work and when you see what Jupp Heynckes achieved last season, that was the only way we were going to better that,” said Guardiola. “He laid the foundations and all the credit goes to him.”
In his debut season, Guardiola has now won three titles in nine months after last August’s Uefa Super Cup triumph and December’s Club World Cup success having won 14 titles in four years at Barcelona.
“Obviously I’m delighted that we have retained the title,” said Guardiola. “We had a lot of injuries in recent months and we have not always played well, but my players showed character.
“Tonight we were very active from the start, but in the second half we lost a little of our control. I am just happy we have finally managed it. It didn’t matter when we got it just as long as we won the title for this great club. We’ll celebrate today and tomorrow.”
Bayern’s 19th consecutive Bundesliga win also extends their record unbeaten league run to 52 matches. They are still on course to become the first side to finish a Bundesliga season unbeaten.